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Peter Benjamin Golden

Peter Benjamin Golden (born 1941) is Professor Emeritus of History, Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. He is the author of a wide array of books, articles and other written works on Turkic and Central Asian Studies.

He was Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program (2008-2011) and retired from Rutgers University in 2012. He earned his bachelor's degree from CUNY Queens College in 1963 and his M.A. and PhD in History from Columbia University in 1968 and 1970, respectively. Golden also studied at the Dil ve Tarih-Coğrafya Fakültesi in Ankara (1967-1968).


  • (2014) “Qıpčaq” Turcology and Linguistics, Festschrift Éva Ágnes Csató, ed. Nurettin Demir, Birsel Karakoç and Astrid Menz Beygu (Ankara: Hacettepe Üniversitesi Yayınları), pp. 183–202.
  • (2013) “Some Notes on the Avars and Rouran” in F. Courta and B.-P. Maleon eds. The Steppe Lands and the World Beyond Them. Studies in Honor of Victor Spinei on his 70th Birthday (Editura Universitǎţii „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Iaşi). pp. 43–66.
  • (2013) "Courts and Court Culture in the Proto-urban and Urban Developments among the Pre-Činggisid Turkic Peoples” in D. Durand-Guedy (eds.), Turko-Mongol Rulers, Cities and City-Life (Leiden: Brill), pp. 21–73.
  • (2012)“Oq and Oğur~Oğuz” Turkic Languages 16, pp. 155–199
  • (2012) "Zentralasien im 6.– 11. Jahrhundert" (Book Chapter in "Steppenkrieger. Reiternomaden des 7.–14. Jahrhunderts aus der Mongolei" Bonn: LVR-Landesmuseum)
  • (2011) "Studies on the Peoples and Cultures of the Eurasian Steppes" Bucharest–Brăila: Editura Academiei Române – Muzeul Brăilei Editura Istros
  • (2011) "Central Asia in World History," Oxford-New York: Oxford University Press.
  • (2010) "Turks and Khazars: Origins, Institutions, and Interactions in Pre-Mongol Eurasia" Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.
  • (2010) "Khazarskii Iudaizm v svete pis'mennykh istochnikov" (Book Chapter in "Istoriia evreev v Rossii")
  • (2009) "The Cambridge History of Inner Asia: The Chinggisid Age," co-edited with N. Di Cosmo, A.J. Frank, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • (2008/2009) "Ethnogenesis in the Tribal Zone: The Shaping of the Türks" (Journal Article in "Archivum Eurasiae Medii Aevi")
  • (2007) "Cumanica V: Basmils and Qipchaqs" (Journal Article in "Archivum Eurasiae Medii Aevi")
  • (2007) "The Conversion of the Khazars to Judaism" (Book Chapter in "The World of the Khazars")
  • (2007) "The World of the Khazars: New Perspectives,"co-edited with H. Ben-Shammai and A. Róna-Tas. Leiden: Brill, 2007.
  • (2007) "The Khazar Sacral Kingship-Revisited" (Journal Article in "Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae")
  • (2006) "The Türk Imperial Tradition in the Pre-Chinggisid Era" (Book Chapter in "Imperial Statecraft: Political Forms and Techniques of Governance in Inner Asia 6th-20th Century")
  • (2006) "Turks and Iranians: An Historical Sketch" (Book Chapter in "Turkic-Iranian Contact Areas. Historical and Linguistic Aspects.")
  • (2006) "Some Thoughts on the Origins of the Turks and the Shaping of the Turkic Peoples" (Book Chapter in Contact and Exchange in the Ancient World)
  • (2006) "Khazarica: Notes on Some Khazar Terms" (Journal Article in Turkic Languages)
  • (2005) "The Khazars and the Kazakhs: New Perspectives" (Book Review in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi)
  • (2005) "The Turks: A Historical Overview" (Book Chapter in Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years 600-1600)
  • (2005) "Review of 'The Indian Diaspora in Central Asia and its Trade, 1550-1900' by Scott C. Levi" (Book Review in Central Eurasian Studies Review)
  • (2005) "The Shaping of the Cuman-Qıpčaqs and Their World: Origins, Migrations, Political and Cultural Interaction" (Conference Paper in Il Codice Cumanico e il suo Mondo)
  • (2004) "Khazar Turkic Ghulâms in Caliphal Service" (Journal Article in Journal asiatique)
  • (2004) "Ascent by Scales; The System of Succession in Kievan Rus' in a Eurasian Context" (Book Chapter in States, Societies, Cultures. East and West. Essays in Honor of Jaroslaw Pelenski, ed. J. Duzinkiewicz, National Academy of Ukraine, European Research Institute and W.K. Lypynsky East European Research Institute, New York, 2004)
  • (2003) "Khazar Turkic Ghulâms in Caliphal Service: Onomastic Notes" (Journal Article in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi)
  • (2003) Review of "Orientalische Berichte über die Völker Osteuropas und Zentralasiens im Mittelalter: die Gayhani-Tradition" by Hansgerd Göckenjan and István Zimonyi (Book Review in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi )
  • (2003) "Formirovanie kumano-kypchakov" (Journal Article in Materialy po arkheologii, istorii i etnografii Tavrii )
  • (2003) Nomads and their Neighbours in the Russian Steppe. Turks, Khazars and Qipchaqs Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.
  • (2002) "War and Warfare in the Pre-Činggisid Western Steppes of Eurasia" (Book Chapter in Inner Asian Warfare 500-1800)
  • (2002) "Tuši: The Turkic Name of Joči" (Journal Article in Acta orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae)
  • (2002) "Notes on the Qipchaq Tribes: Kimeks and Yemeks (Book Chapter in The Turks Volume 1 Early Ages)
  • (2002) Türk Halkları Tarihine Giriş. Ankara, Turkey: KaraM Publishing House (KaraM Yayıncılık)
  • (2001) "Some Notes on the Comitatus in Medieval Eurasia with Special Reference to the Khazars" (Journal Article in Russian history: Histoire russe)
  • (2001) "Khazars" (Book Chapter in Turkish-Jewish Encounters: Studies on Turkish-Jewish Relations through the Ages)
  • (2001) "Nomads in the Sedentary World: The Case of the Pre-Chinggisid Rus’ and Georgia" (Book Chapter in Nomads in the Sedentary World)
  • (2001) Review of "A History of Inner Asia" by Svat Soucek (Book Review in Central Asia Monitor)
  • (2001) "The Terminology of Slavery and Servitude in Medieval Turkic" (Book Chapter in Studies on Central Asian History in Honor of Yuri Bregel)
  • (2000) "The Nomads of the Western Eurasian Steppes: Oghurs, Onoghurs and Khazars" (Book Chapter in History of the Turkic Peoples in the Pre Islamic Period)
  • (2000) "I Will Give the People Unto Thee: The Chinggisid Conquests and Their Aftermath in the Turkic World" (Journal Article in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland)
  • (2000) Review of "The Mongol Empire and Its Legacy", ed. Reuven Amitai-Preiss and David O. Morgan (Book Review in The International history review)
  • (2000) The King's Dictionary. The Rasulid Hexaglot: Fourteenth Century Vocabularies in Arabic, Persian, Turkic, Greek, Armenian and Mongol Leiden: Brill. (Book, Edited, Vol. 4 in the series Handbuch der Orientalistik, 8. Abteilung Zentralasien )
  • (1999) "The Nomadic Linguistic Impact on Pre-Chinggisid Rus' and Georgia" (Journal Article in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi)
  • (1998) Religion among the Qipchaqs of Medieval Eurasia (Journal Article in Central Asiatic journal)
  • (1998) Nomads and sedentary societies in medieval Eurasia Washington, D. C.: American Historical Association.
  • (1997) "Cumanica IV: The Qipchaq Tribes" (Journal Article in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi)
  • (1997) "Wolves, Dogs and Qipchaq Religion" (Journal Article in Acta orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae)
  • (1996) "The Chernii Klobouc" (Book Chapter in Symbolae Turkologicae)
  • (1995) "The Days of the Week in Turkic: Notes on the Cuman-Qipchaq Pattern" (Journal Article in Acta orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae)
  • (1994) "Chopsticks and Pasta in Medieval Turkic Cuisine" (Journal Article in Rocznik Orientalistyczny)
  • (1993) "Gosudarstvo i gosudarstvennost' u Xazar: vlast' Xazarskix kaganov" (Book Chapter in Fenomen vostochnogo despotizma: Struktura upravleniya i vlasti)
  • (1992) An introduction to the history of the Turkic peoples: Ethnogenesis and state-formation in medieval and early modern Eurasia and the Middle East Wiesbaden: O. Harrassowitz.
  • (1992) "Codex Comanicus" (Book Chapter in Central Asian Monuments)
  • (1991) "Nomads and Their Sedentary Neighbors in pre-Chinggisid Western Eurasia" (Journal Article in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi)
  • (1991) "The Qipchaqs of Medieval Eurasia: An Example of Stateless Adaptation on the Steppe" (Book Chapter in Rulers from the steppe: State formation on the Eurasian periphery)
  • (1991) "Aspects of the Nomadic Factor in the Economic Development of Kievan Rus'" (Conference Paper in Proceedings : Ukrainian economic history: Interpretive essays)
  • (1991) "The Dogs of the Medieval Qipchaqs" (Book Chapter in Varia Eurasiatica Festschrift für Professor András Róna Tas)
  • (1991) "Vyxod" (Journal Article in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi)
  • (1990) "Cumanica III: The Urusoba" (Conference Paper in Proceedings : Aspects of Altaic civilization III: Proceedings of the thirtieth meeting of the Permanent International Altaistic Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, June 19–25, 1987)
  • (1987) Review of "Avars and Ancient Hungarians" by Pal Liptak (Book Review in The American historical review)
  • (1986) "Cumanica II, The Ölberli (Ölperli): The Fortunes and Misfortunes of an Inner Asian Nomadic Clan" (Journal Article in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi)
  • (1985) The Byzantine Greek Elements in the Rasûlid Hexaglot (Journal Article in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi)
  • (1984) "Cumanica I: The Qipchaqs in Georgia" (Journal Article in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi)
  • (1984) "A New Discovery: Khazarian Hebrew Documents of the Tenth Century" (Book Review in Harvard Ukrainian studies)
  • (1983) Khazaria and Judaism (Journal Article in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi)
  • (1983) "The Turkic Peoples and Caucasia" (Conference Paper in Proceedings : Transcaucasia: Nationalism and social change : essays in the history of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia)
  • (1982) "Imperial Ideology and the Sources of Political Unity Amongst the Pre-Chinggisid Nomads of Western Eurasia" (Journal Article in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi)
  • (1982) "The Question of the Rus' Qaghanate" (Journal Article in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi)
  • (1980) "The Polovci Dikii" (Journal Article in Harvard Ukrainian Studies)
  • (1980) Khazar studies: An historico-philological inquiry into the origins of the Khazars Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó.
  • (1980) "Review of 'Les Coumans au Bas-Danube aux XIe et XIIe siècles' by Petre Diaconu" (Book Review in The American Historical Review)
  • (1979) "The Oghuz Turkic (Ottoman/Safavid) Elements in Georgian: Background and Patterns" (Book Chapter in The mutual effects of the Islamic and Judeo-Christian worlds: The East European pattern)
  • (1979) "Review of 'Tataro-mongoly v Azii i Europe: Sbornik statei' by S. L. Tikhvinskii" (Book Review in The American Historical Review)
  • (1975) "The Q'azaro-Hungarian Title/Personal Name Yilik ~ Yelegh" (Journal Article in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi)
  • (1975) "The People nwkrdä" (Journal Article in Archivum Eurasiae medii aevi)
  • (1972) "The Migrations of the Oghuz" (Journal Article in Archivum Ottomanicum)
  • (1971) Hazar Dili (Journal Article in Türk Dili Arastirmalari Yilligi Belleten)


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