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Conclusion The Historical Fate, The Past, And The Future Of The Karaite Community In Eastern Europe

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This is the concluding chapter of this book, which summarizes the main stages in the historical development of the East European Karaite community. It presents the general conclusions and implications which may be drawn from the Karaite case. The Karaites are highly important for anyone interested in the history of Turkic peoples and languages. Karaim, the Turkic language spoken by the Polish-Lithuanian Karaites, has retained ancient Turkic lexica which find direct parallels in the Codex Cumanicus, the medieval dictionary of the Kypchak language. Thus, the non-Turkic Karaites surprisingly managed to preserve elements of the language of the nomadic Cumans which would have otherwise been lost. The future history of Karaism will be connected not with Eastern Europe, but with the state of Israel, which welcomes every East European Karaite who is ready to identify with the Judaism of his forefathers and claim the right of repatriation to Ereṣ Yisra'el.

Keywords: Eastern Europe; Judaism; Karaite community; Turkic lexica



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