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Armenian and georgian sources on the khazars: A re-evaluation

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The importance of Armenian and Georgian sources dealing with different aspects of the "Khazar question" is well acknowledged. Georgia and Armenia were for decades, if not centuries, battlegrounds for the Khazars, who repeatedly invaded these countries in order to pillage, or to confront their Arab enemies. However, much of this information, especially that found in the Georgian sources is legendary in character, and therefore must be treated with caution. Both the Armenian and Georgian historical traditions suggest a very early date for a Jewish presence in their respective countries, but there is a difference between the historical fates of these two Jewries. This chapter treats the Armenian and Georgian sources dealing with the Khazars, and touches on some of the references to the Jews proper, hoping to demonstrate that both sujets are connected.

Keywords: Armenian sources; Georgian sources; Jewish presence; Jews; Khazars



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