The Jews of Khazaria by Kevin Alan BrookThe Jews of Khazaria by Kevin Alan Brook

The Jews of Khazaria

byKevin Alan Brook

Paperback | December 16, 2009

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The Jews of Khazaria chronicles the history of the Khazars, a people who, in the early Middle Ages, founded a large empire in eastern Europe (located in present-day Ukraine and Russia). The Khazars played a pivotal role in world history. Khazaria was one of the largest-sized political formations of its time, an economic and cultural superpower connected to several important trade routes. It was especially notable for its religious tolerance, and in the 9th century, a large portion of the royal family converted to Judaism. Many of the nobles and commoners did likewise shortly thereafter. After their conversion, the Khazars were ruled by a succession of Jewish kings that began to adopt the hallmarks of Jewish civilization, including the Torah and Talmud, the Hebrew script, and the observance of Jewish holidays. In this thoroughly revised edition of a modern classic, The Jews of Khazaria explores many exciting new discoveries about the Khazars' religious life, economy, military, government, and culture. It builds upon new studies of the Khazars, evaluating and incorporating recent theories, along with new documentary and archaeological findings. The book gives a comprehensive accounting of the cities, towns, and fortresses of Khazaria, and features a timeline summarizing key events in Khazar history.
Kevin Alan Brook is an historian who has researched the Khazars since 1993. He has contributed articles about the Khazars to The Encyclopaedia of Judaism Second Edition (Brill, 2005) and The Turks Vol. 1 (Yeni Turkiye, 2002). Since 1995, Brook has maintained the website of the American Center of Khazar Studies (
Title:The Jews of KhazariaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.13 × 6.07 × 0.92 inPublished:December 16, 2009Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0742549828

ISBN - 13:9780742549821

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 AcknowledgmentsChapter 2 IntroductionChapter 3 The Origins of the KhazarsChapter 4 The Cities and Towns of the KhazarsChapter 5 The Structure of the Khazar GovernmentChapter 6 The Khazar Way of LifeChapter 7 Khazarian TradeChapter 8 The Khazars' Conversion to JudaismChapter 9 Relations between the Khazars and Other PeoplesChapter 10 The Decline and Fall of the Khazar EmpireChapter 11 The Diaspora of the KhazarsChapter 12 Eastern and Central European Jews after the Tenth CenturyChapter 13 Appendix A: Timeline of Khazar HistoryChapter 14 Appendix B: GlossaryChapter 15 Appendix C: Native Khazar Personal NamesChapter 16 Appendix D: Other Instances of Conversion to Judaism in HistoryChapter 17 BibliographyChapter 18 IndexChapter 19 About the Author

Editorial Reviews

Brook...has a passion for his topic....I for one am grateful for the mass of material he provides.