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Karaite Legal Documents
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The Karaites used written documents to record and carry out their legal and business transactions. The Cairo Genizah collections contain some eighty legal documents (betrothal and marriage documents, appointments of a bride’s agent, financial provisions for children before childbirth, a certificate of circumcision, letters of divorce and deeds of release) from the 10th–13th centuries, written according to Karaite formulae. The most distinctive feature of the Karaite legal documents is their use …

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Olszowy-Schlanger, Judith, “Karaite Legal Documents”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 05 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000626>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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