New books from the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
Karaism: An Introduction to the Oldest Surviving Alternative Judaism by Daniel J. Lasker
January 2022, pp. 268, Hardback 9781800855960, Ebook 9781802070705, £29.95
Karaite Judaism emerged in the ninth century in the Islamic Middle East as an alternative to rabbinic Judaism. Despite its minority status, it has been an integral part of the Jewish people continuously for twelve centuries. This book is the first to present a comprehensive overview of Karaism: its history, unique practices, beliefs, and philosophy, and present-day revival in the State of Israel.
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 34: Jewish Self-Government in Eastern Europe edited by François Guesnet and Antony Polonsky
January 2022, pp. 576, Hardback 9781800348233 £75, Paperback 9781800348240 £35, Ebook 9781800858039
Few features have shaped the trajectory of east European Jewish history as much as the extent and continuity of Jewish self-rule. Offering a broad perspective, this volume explores the traditions, scope, limitations, and evolution of Jewish self-government in the Polish lands and beyond.