• PL 59 (Unioninkatu 38)



  • Finland


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Personal profile

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.

Fields of Science

  • 6122 Literature studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Hebrew
  • 6121 Languages
  • Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew
  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Jewish history

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


Kasvaako antisemitismi nyky-Puolassa?

Tuori, R., 27 Jan 2020, In : Teologia.fi. 1

Research output: Contribution to journalOther articlesProfessional

Unorthodox: nuoren hasidinaisen lähtö Williamsburgista

Tuori, R. & Czimbalmos, M., 27 Apr 2020, In : Katsomukset.fi : uskonnot ja katsomukset Suomalaisessa yhteiskunnassa .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

A Karaite Hakham Kolel and a Hebrew Poet: Zerah ben Nathan in a New World

Tuori, R., Jul 2019, The Poet and the World: Festschrift for Wout van Bekkum on the Occasion of His Sixty-fifth Birthday. Yeshaya, J., Hollender, E. & Katsumata, N. (eds.). Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter, p. 135–158 23 p. (Studia Judaica; vol. 107).

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

Open Access

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

Tuori, R., 14 Mar 2019, In : Zutot. 16, 1, p. 31-42 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Yerusha in Finland

Happonen, P., Muir, S. & Tuori, R.


Project: Research project

Boundaries of Jewish Identities in Contemporary Finland

Tuori, R., Muir, S., Pataricza, D., Illman, R. & Czimbalmos, M.

30/07/2018 → …

Project: Research project

Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East

Berg, P., Hämeen-Anttila, J., Tuori, R., Svärd, S., Nokso-Koivisto, I., Lindstedt, I., Mattila, R., Ito, S. & Rollinger, R.


Project: Research project

The Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East

van Dongen, E., Nokso-Koivisto, I., Lindstedt, I., Hämeen-Anttila, J., Rollinger, R., Tuori, R., Mattila, R. & Svärd, S.


Project: Research project



Nuorten Tiedeakatemia: Tutkija tavattavissa

Riikka Tuori (Speaker)
Apr 2020 → …

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Study Day, "Languages in Co-ownership"

Riikka Tuori (Speaker: Presenter), Mikko Viitamäki (Speaker: Presenter)
11 Mar 2020

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

Limud Helsinki

Riikka Tuori (Speaker: Presenter)
2 Feb 2020

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

Early Modern Karaites and Hebrew Poetry: Renewal and Tradition

Riikka Tuori (Speaker)
13 May 201916 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Paideia: The Jewish Community in Finland: From Past till Present

Riikka Tuori (Speaker)
16 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk