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Saadya Gaon’s anti-Qaraite polemic was fundamental for the development of Qaraite literature. In their turn, Qaraites quoted Saadya and discussed his views so much that their treatises can now be used to reconstruct Saadya’s lost works. This workshop explores anew the inextricable connection between Saadya and the Qaraites by looking at a wide range of previously little studied Qaraite sources from the 10th-11th centuries.



9:00 am – 10:00 am

Sacha Stern (University College London), Rabbi Isaac Nappaa, founder of the Jewish calendar: how a Rabbanite text came to be owned by Qaraites


10:00 am – 10:30 am

Coffee break


10:30 am – 11:30 am

Maxim Roozen (Freie Universität Berlin), References to Saadya Gaon in Yaʿqūb al-Qirqisānī’s Kitāb al-Anwār wa-l-Marāqib


11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Nadia Vidro (University College London), A Qaraite refutation of Kitāb al-Tamyīz by Saadya Gaon and its attribution to Ḥasan Ben Mashiaḥ


12:30 pm – 2:00 pm



2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Friederike Schmidt and Ronny Vollandt (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich), References to Saadya Gaon in the works of Sahl ben Malia


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Coffee break


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Gregor Schwarb (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich), Poznański’s Karaite Literary Opponents of Saadiah Gaon 115 years on: the cases of Yeshuʿah ben Yehudah, Šlomo ben David ha-Naśi, and Yefet al-Burqumānī


9. November 2023
9:00 - 16:30
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Nikolaiplatz 1B
Munich, Bavaria 80802 Germany
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