Karaite Judaism

A Guide to Its History and Literary Sources


Editor: Meira Polliack
Karaism is a Jewish religious movement of a scripturalist and messianic nature, which emerged in the Middle Ages in the areas of Persia-Iraq and Palestine and has maintained its unique and varied forms of identity and existence until the present day, undergoing resurgent cycles of creativity, within its major geographical centres of the Middle-East, Byzantium-Turkey, the Crimea and Eastern Europe.
This Guide to Karaite Studies contains thirty-seven chapters which cover all the main areas of medieval and modern Karaite history and literature, including geographical and chronological subdivisions, and special sections devoted to the history of research, manuscripts and printing, as well as detailed bibliographies, index and illustrations. The substantial volume reflects the current state of scholarship in this rapidly growing sub-field of Jewish Studies, as analysed by an international team of experts and taught in various universities throughout Europe, Israel and the United States.

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Meira Polliack, Ph.D. (1993) in Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge, is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Tel-Aviv University. She has published extensively on Karaism, medieval Judaeo-Arabic literature and biblical exegesis, including The Karaite Tradition of Arabic Bible Translation (Brill, 1997).
All those interested in Jewish history and literature, Middle-East and Islamic Studies, Comparative Religion, Second Temple Judaism, medieval Judaism, Byzantine Studies, Eastern European history, the Crimea, the State of Israel, Jewish Languages, Turkic languages, Anthropology.