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News: Ashkenazi Levites paternally descend from an Iranian people not from Khazars or Slavs, per genetic evidence revealed in a new study by Siiri Rootsi et al. discussed here, here, here, and here. Since no other paternal or maternal haplogroup among Ashkenazim comes from a Central Asian Turkic source either, we are now left with the total absence of evidence for Khazar ancestry in Ashkenazi Jews. I had researched the possibility of Khazar ancestry for 20 years. Surprisingly, there is evidence for small amounts of Southern Chinese, North African, and Slavic ancestry in Ashkenazi Jews, but not for Turkic Khazar ancestry.

Vladimir Klyutchnikov together with "Oleg Ivik" (the collective pseudonym of Olga Kolobova and Valeriy Ivanov) wrote the new book titled Khazary that was published by Lomonosov in Moscow in 2013 in the Russian language. It includes both archaeological and historical data related to the Khazars. The authors' own archaeological expeditions form part of the discussion.

Professor Simon Schama's The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BCE - 1492 AD) is the latest book to cite The Jews of Khazaria, Second Edition. Schama wrote about Khazar King Joseph's correspondence with Hasdai ibn Shaprut, about the Khazar coins dedicated to Moses, about remnants of Jewish Khazars visiting Spain, and more. Schama's accompanying 5-hour television documentary is sponsored by WNET for airing on PBS in the U.S., played last year on the BBC in the U.K., and is available as a DVD. The medieval period is chronicled in part 2 of the documentary, "Among Believers". Schama is also known for his Financial Times review in November 2009 that criticized Shlomo Sand's absurd book that denied the peoplehood of Jews.

Joshua T. Olsson had his article "Coup d'état, Coronation and Conversion: Some Reflections on the Adoption of Judaism by the Khazar Khaganate" published electronically by the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society on July 29, 2013. It appeared in print in the October 2013 issue.


Medieval Kingdom of Khazaria, 652-1016

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 Turkic 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. It hosted merchants from all over Asia and Europe. On these pages it is hoped that you may learn more about this fascinating culture.


Current Publications for Sale

THE JEWS OF KHAZARIA
by Kevin Alan Brook
This book 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. This was the first English-language book on the Khazars to contain a substantial amount of archaeological data.

THE WORLD OF THE KHAZARS
edited by Peter B. Golden, Haggai Ben-Shammai, and András Róna-Tas
An expensive but valuable collection of wide-ranging views from academic specialists on the Khazars. The 18 articles discuss the Khazars' economy, language, international relations, and more.

KHAZARY
by "Oleg Ivik" and Vladimir Klyutchnikov
A comprehensive discussion of the Khazars' history, government, religion, and more as revealed by artifacts and old documents.

'GORODA' I 'ZAMKI' KHAZARSKOGO KAGANATA
by Valerii S. Flyorov
An analysis of Khazarian settlements, buildings, fortresses, and craft production facilities.

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. As a special bonus, the historical communications exchanged between Khazar King Joseph and the Spanish Jewish diplomat Hasdai ibn Shaprut are included in this volume.

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