Coup d'état, Coronation and Conversion: Some Reflections on the Adoption of Judaism by the Khazar Khaganate 1

@article{Olsson2013CoupDC,
  title={Coup d'{\'e}tat, Coronation and Conversion: Some Reflections on the Adoption of Judaism by the Khazar Khaganate 1},
  author={J. Olsson},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society},
  year={2013},
  volume={23},
  pages={495 - 526}
}
  • J. Olsson
  • Published 2013
  • History
  • Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
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