Turks and Khazars: Origins, Institutions, and Interactions in Pre-Mongol Eurasia, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Turks and Khazars

Origins, Institutions, and Interactions in Pre-Mongol Eurasia, 1st Edition

By Peter B. Golden


380 pages

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This second collection of studies by Peter Golden continues his explorations of the Türk Empire (mid-sixth to mid-eighth centuries), the stateless polities that appeared after its collapse, and of the Khazar Qaghanate (mid-seventh century to ca. 965-969), its imperial successor state in the western Eurasian steppes. Building on earlier traditions, the Türks created a paradigm for state building in the Eurasian steppes that persisted, with variations, into the early modern era. Examined here are issues relating to the origins of and myths associated with the rise of the Türks and the systems of governance in the Türk and subsequent Turkic polities of Eurasia. The institution of slavery and its role in Turkic nomadic societies receives significant attention. In addition, these essays document the cultural interactions between the Turkic nomads of pre-Chinggisid Eurasia and neighbouring settled societies such as the Kievan Rus', Georgia and the Islamic world. Included here are studies dealing with the hitherto neglected role of Khazars in the Islamic ghulâm (slave soldier) system. Special attention is paid to the unique traditions of sacral rulership among the Khazars and an examination of their conversion to Judaism set within a larger Eurasian context.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Turks: origins and expansion; A Qaracay Nart tale of lupine origins: an echo of the Ašina tradition?; The Türk imperial tradition in the pre-Chinggisid era; The nomadic linguistic impact on pre-Cinggisid Rus' and Georgia; Nomads in the sedentary world: the case of the pre-Chinggisid Rus' and Georgia; The terminology of slavery and servitude in medieval Turkic; Some notes on the comitatus in medieval Eurasia with special reference to the Khazars; Khazar Turkic ghulâms in caliphal service; Khazar Turkic ghulâms in caliphal service: onomastic notes; Irano-Turcica: the Khazar sacral kingship revisited; The conversion of the Khazars to Judaism; Addenda and corrigenda; Index.

About the Author

Peter B. Golden is Professor Emeritus and Academic Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Rutgers University, USA

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Middle East / General