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The World of the Khazars


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Introduction Haggai Ben-Shammai, Opening Remarks Peter B. Golden, Khazars Studies: Achievements and Perspectives Irina A. Arzhantseva, The Alans: Neighbours of the Khazars in the Caucasus Marcel Erdal, The Khazar Language Artem Fedorchuk, New Findings Relating to Hebrew Epigraphic Sources from the Crimea, with an Appendix on the Readings in King Joseph's Letter Peter B. Golden: The Conversion of the Khazars James Howard-Johnston: Byzantine Sources for Khazar History Tatiana Kalinina: Al-Khazar wa-`l-Saqaliba: Contacts and Conflicts? Thomas S. Noonan: The Economy of the Khazar Khaganate Vladimir Petrukhin: Khazaria and Rus': An Examination of their Historical Relations Andras Rona-Tas: The Khazars and the Magyars Eliezer Shweid: "The Khazar Motif" in the Kuzari of Judah Halevi Dan Shapira: Armenian and Georgian Sources on the Khazars: A Re-evaluation Dan Shapira: Iranian Sources on the Khazars Victor Shnirelman: The Story of a Euphemism. The Khazars in Russian Nationalist Literature David Wasserstein: The Khazars and the Islamic World Paul Wexler: Yiddish Evidence for the Khazar Component in the Ashkenazic Ethnogenesis Constantine Zuckerman: The Khazars and Byzantium - The First Encounter

About the Author

Peter B. Golden, Ph.D (1970) in History, Columbia University, is Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark. His most recent book is Nomads and Their Neigbours in the Russian Steppe (2003). He has published extensively on Medieval Turkic history. Haggai Ben-Shammai, Ph.D. in Judaeo-Arabic, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Professor of Arabic at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published extensively on Judaeo-Arabic Bible exegesis and philosophy, Karaites, Islamic theology and exegesis. Andras Rona-Tas, Ph.D (1957) in Oriental Studies and Cultural Anthropology, is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Szeged. His most recent monograph is Hungarians and Europe in the Early Middle Ages (1999). His publications include Turkology, Mongolistics and Hungarian ancient history.


'[The contributions] collectively provide such a thorough identification and analysis of the source base available for understanding the complex realities of Khazar history that they comprise nothing less than a reference work of encyclopedic content and utility. Scholars will surely be thankful for these essays, but those who teach in academia will also value them for what they can bring to classroom discussions by making available to students such accessible information.' Edward J. Lazzerini in Journal of Asian History, 43.2

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