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.

Latest publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    Renewal and Tradition in Devout Hebrew Poetry: The Case of the Early Modern Karaites in Poland-Lithuania

    Tuori, R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Zutot. p. 1-12 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Accepted/In press

    Sukupuoli rabbiinisessa kirjallisuudessa

    Tuori, R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Sukupuoli Raamatun ajan maailmassa. Asikainen, S. & Uusimäki, E. (eds.). Suomen eksegeettinen seura

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  3. Pyhiä juutalaisia kirjoituksia: Valikoituja tekstejä Talmudista

    Tuori, R. (ed.) & Harviainen, T. (ed.), Oct 2018, Helsinki: Gaudeamus. 504 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookGeneral public

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Latest activities

  1. The Eleventh Nordic Conference on Middle Eastern Studies

    Riikka Tuori (Member of organizing committee), Hannu Matti Sakari Juusola (Chair of organizing committee), Sylvia Akar (Member of organizing committee)
    Aug 2019

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

  2. Pyhiä juutalaisia kirjoituksia -keskustelutilaisuus

    Riikka Tuori (Speaker: Presenter)
    15 Oct 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

  3. Jews, Roma and the Nor­dic Countries

    Riikka Tuori (Speaker: Presenter)
    6 Sep 20187 Sep 2018

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

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PhD, Middle Eastern Studies

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