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Gagauz

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Author(s): Zajaczkowski, W.
, petite tribu turque parlant une langue turque mais de religion chrétienne orthodoxe. Elle est actuellement établie dans le Sud de la RSS de Moldavie (Bessarabie) — arrondissements de Komrat, Čadi̊r-Lunga, Kangaz, Tarakliya, Vulkanešti —, dans le Sud de la RSS d’Ukraine — district de Zaporoie et Odessa (Izmail) — et dans le district de Rostov de la RSS de Russie. Il existe aussi quelques petites colonies Gagauz en Asie centrale, dans les arrondissements de Kokpektl, Žarma, Čarskiy, Aksuat et Ur…

Karaites

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Author(s): Nemoy, L. | Zajaczkowski, W.
, a Jewish sect which does not recognize the authority of the post-biblical tradition incorporated in the Talmud and in later rabbinic works. It is the only Jewish sect (not counting the Samaritans) which has survived for over 1200 years and is still in existence. The name (in Hebrew ḳārāʾīm , bĕne (or baʿăle ) Miḳrāʾ ; in Arabic ḳarāʾiyyūn , occasionally aṣḥāb ʿĀnān wa-Binyāmīn ) is variously explained as “readers ( ḳārāʾ ) of Scripture ( Miḳrāʾ )” and as “callers (to the true faith)”, from the alternate meaning of ḳārāʾ, “to call, to invite”, (cf. the S̲h̲īʿī “callers”, duʿāt , sing. dāʿī ). (1) …