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(Judaism) a member of a Jewish sect originating in the 8th century ad, which rejected the Talmud, favoured strict adherence to and a literal interpretation of the Bible, and attempted to deduce a code of life from it
(Judaism) of, relating to, or designating the Karaite sect
[C18: from Hebrew qāraīm members of the sect, scripturalists, from qārā to read]


(ˈkær əˌaɪt)

a member of a Jewish sect, founded in Persia in the 8th century, that rejected the Talmud and rabbinical teachings in favor of adherence to the Bible.
[1720–30; < Hebrew qarā‘(īm)]
Kar′a•ism, n.
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Akhiezer explores Eastern European Karaite historical thought, focusing on the social functions of the major Karaite historical narratives concerning theories of Karaism and its relationship with rabbinic Judaism.
Trakai city itself is famous for having the descendants of Karaite people who came to the region from Crimea in the 14th century.
Gordon, "#198: Aviv Report 2005 and Related Aviv-Issue", Karaite Korner Newsletter (March 13, 2005).
We are first of all Jews, and only after Karaites," stressed Shlomo Gever of the Karaite Jewish Association.
Karaite sects, Islamic architectural touches on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a storied arch -- all become uniquely fascinating in this setting.
56) In 1964, the middle unit of campers at the Union Institute in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin included a Hasidic-style service as one of several intended to show the cultural diversity of Jewish practices (another service addressed Karaite Judaism).
For the specialist, the racialized world view of the Nazi regime is well known, but I wondered what an undergraduate reader would make of the passing discussion of the willingness of Himmler to allow Jews of the Karaite sect to serve in the Waffen SS because he had "been persuaded by a Jewish rabbi that the Karaites were racially Turkish and not Semitic" (71).
In the 10th century, the Karaite historian Yaphet ben Heli de Basra cited that the "Land of the East" (Afghanistan, Iran and southern Central Asia) had Jewish inhabitants.
47) This claim appears to form a counter-response to the Karaite claim that Moses was a mudawwin.
Anan ben David, a contemporary of Mansur Abbasi, is considered to be the founder of the Karaite denomination.
Poetry and Memory in Karaite Prayer: The Liturgical Poetry of the Karaite Poet Moses ben Abraham Dar'i
There are even some of Halevi's piyyutim in Karaite liturgy, despite his detailed rebuttal of the Karaite beliefs and the Karaite opposition to rabbinic Judaism in the Kuzari.