Riikka Tuori


Description of research and teaching

Research interests

  • Early Modern Judaism
  • Hebrew literature
  • Karaite Judaism
  • Jewish mysticism


University of Helsinki (2008-):

  • Modern Hebrew 1, Modern Hebrew 2, Modern Hebrew 3, Hebrew texts
  • Mishnaic Hebrew
  • Introduction to Judaism
  • Introduction to Jewish Mysticism
  • Introduction to Medieval Jewish History
  • Religious Conflicts: Israel and Judaism
  • Religious radicalism
  • Comparative religion: World religions (Judaism)
  • Proseminar, Orientation courses for students

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (2014)

  • Jews in Poland-Lithuania
  • Karaites and Jewish Mysticism
  • Karaites and Jewish Identity
  • Hebrew Debate Poetry

Education and degrees

  • PhD in Middle Eastern Studies, 2013, University of Helsinki
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 2006‒2007
  • MA degree in Semitic languages and cultures, 2005, University of Helsinki

Professional activities

  • Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Seminar für Judaistik, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (2014, three-year contract)
  • Project researcher in the Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East, project funded by the Finnish Academy, 1.1.‒31.12.2013, University of Helsinki
  • University lecturer and teacher in Semitic languages and cultures, 2009‒2010, University of Helsinki

Grants and awards

  • Alfred Kordelin Foundation post doc grant (3 years)
  • Emil Aaltonen Foundation: Grant for young scholars (2008, 2011-2012)
  • Visiting Research Scholar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supported by the State of Israel (2006-2007)
  • Jussi Aro Scholarship for the scholars of Semitic studies (2007)
  • Research Foundation of the University of Helsinki: Grant for young scholars (2006)

Curriculum Vitae

PhD Riikka Tuori is a University Lecturer of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Helsinki. She finished her thesis on Karaite Hebrew paraliturgical poetry at the University of Helsinki in 2013. In 2006–2007, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2014, she worked as a Research Associate at the Seminar für Judaistik, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. Her main research interests include early modern Judaism and Jewish literature.

Highlighted publications

  1. “The One who Defeats the Power of the Stars”: Medieval Exegetics in Polish-Lithuanian Karaite Zemirot

    Tuori, R. 2016 Exegesis and Poetry in Medieval Karaite and Rabbanite Texts: Karaite Texts and Studies. Hollender, E. & Yeshaya, J. (eds.). E. J. Brill, Vol. 9, p. 271-291 25 p. (Karaite Texts and Studies; vol. 9)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  2. Karaite and Rabbinic Education for Karaite Students: A List of Titles in the Firkovich Collection (F 946, No. 12)

    Tuori, R. & Harviainen, J. M. T. 2017 In : Karaite Archives. 4 (2016), p. 27-60 33 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Nyky-kabbala Israelissa

    Tuori, R. Jun 2013 In : Lukemista Levantista. 4/2013, p. 1-5 5 p.

    Research output: General publicArticle

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Highlighted activities

  1. The Seventeenth World Congress of Jewish Studies

    Tuori, R. (Speaker: Presenter)
    6 Aug 201711 Aug 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. Nyky-kabbalaa ja juutalaista mystiikkaa

    Tuori, R. (Speaker: Presenter)
    15 Mar 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Talks

  3. International Medieval Hebrew Poetry Colloquium (MHPC VIII)

    Tuori, R. (Chair of organizing committee)
    11 Jul 201613 Jul 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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PhD, Middle Eastern Studies

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