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Crimea: The Major Center Of East European Karaism

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This chapter provides a comprehensive bibliography on Karaites and Karaism. A section on the 'Turkic Theory of Karaite Identity' documents the attempts by certain Karaites and non-Karaites, to establish the Turkic origins and identity of the Crimean Karaite community. According to this theory, the Karaites originated among the Turkic tribes of Central Asia. Another section on 'Travelers' Accounts' is divided chronologically into four divisions: Middle Ages, 16th-18th c., 19th c., 20th-21st c. A small Karaite community appeared in Armyansk at the end of the eighteenth century. The famous Karaite enlightener Elijah Kazaz and some other Karaite intellectuals were born there. It seems that the community left the town in the late 1920s.

Keywords:Crimean Karaite community; East European Karaism; Karaites; Turkic Theory of Karaite Identity



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