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Last Update: April 15, 1999


Medieval Kingdom of Khazaria, 650-1016

Over a thousand years ago, the far east of Europe was ruled by Jewish kings who presided over numerous tribes, including their own tribe: the Khazars. After their conversion, the Khazar people used Jewish personal names, spoke and wrote in Hebrew, were circumcised, had synagogues and rabbis, studied the Torah and Talmud, and observed Hanukkah, Pesach, and the Sabbath. The Khazars were an advanced civilization with one of the most tolerant societies of the medieval period.


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THE JEWS OF KHAZARIA
by Kevin Alan Brook
This hardcover book, consisting of 11 chapters, discusses all major issues surrounding the Khazar Empire, including diplomacy, trade, culture, military affairs, Khazarian Judaism, and migrations. The book draws from major primary and secondary sources, and includes a concise timeline and glossary towards the end.
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THE KUZARI: IN DEFENSE OF THE DESPISED FAITH
translated and annotated by Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin
In this classic philosophical work by Yehuda HaLevi, a Jewish sage explains the principles of Judaism to an inquisitive Khazar king.

THE ORIGINS OF THE OLD RUS' WEIGHTS AND MONETARY SYSTEMS
by Omeljan Pritsak, illustrated by Lesia Isaievych
If you are interested in the question of Khazar coinage, you will want to read this book! The book includes several illustrations.

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THE GREAT JEWISH CITIES OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE: A TRAVEL GUIDE AND RESOURCE BOOK TO PRAGUE, WARSAW, CRACOW, AND BUDAPEST
by Eli Valley
A new travel guide and resource for Jewish sites in selected central and eastern European cities. A great way to learn about the rich history of Jewish life in these cities, and the great synagogues that were built there. Includes detailed maps, local legend and lore, walking tours, and information about cemeteries and Jewish communal buildings. This book was highly recommended by Megan Farrell in Library Journal. European orders

JEWISH HERITAGE TRAVEL: A GUIDE TO EAST-CENTRAL EUROPE
by Ruth Ellen Gruber
This book is a detailed travel guide to the cultural heritage of Eastern European Jewry. This new edition contains completely updated information for all major sections of the book.

A DICTIONARY OF JEWISH NAMES AND THEIR HISTORY
by Benzion Kaganoff
There is a great deal more to a Jewish family name than meets the eye. Etymology and philology reveal the word root or stem from which a name is derived, and the apparant meaning. But onomastics, the study of names, goes beyond origin and meaning - it takes into account transmutations, usage, naming traditions, and all kinds of subtle nuances that lie beneath the meaning and form of a personal or family name. This book traces the historical processes that created the Jewish name forms that appear today.

A HISTORY OF RUSSIA, CENTRAL ASIA, AND MONGOLIA: INNER EURASIA FROM PREHISTORY TO THE MONGOL EMPIRE
by David Christian
This book provides an overview of Eurasian history from ancient times to the 13th century, written by an Australian history professor. Coverage includes discussions of agricultural and nomadic peoples like the Scythians, Huns, and Avars, and the development of civilization in the lands of the Kievan Rus. There is a highly interesting and accurate section on Khazar history on pages 282-303. European orders -- For table of contents, click here

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