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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 and West African, and Slavic ancestry in Ashkenazi Jews, but not for Turkic Khazar ancestry.
Viacheslav Shpakovsky and David Nicolle have a new book titled Armies of the Volga Bulgars and Khanate of Kazan: 9th-16th Centuries that includes discussion of the Volga Bulgars' subordination to the Khazars until 965 but how the Bulgars' independent streak was demonstrated four decades earlier by their conversion to Islam, among other topics, but concentrated of course on the military equipment they used. Published in October 2013 by Osprey Publishing. (Advertisement)
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.
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.
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.
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