Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism by Yvonne ChireauBlack Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism by Yvonne Chireau

Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism

EditorYvonne Chireau, Nathaniel Deutsch

Paperback | November 15, 1999

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This volume explores the myriad ways in which African American religions have encountered Jewish traditions, beliefs, and spaces. In contrast to previous works, which have typically focused on the social and political relationship between blacks and Jews, Black Zion places religion at thecenter of its discussion, thereby illuminating a critically important but little explored aspect of black-Jewish relations in America. The essays gathered here examine groups such as the Nation of Islam and the Hebrew Israelites, individuals such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Abraham JoshuaHeschel, and topics such as the transformation of synagogue space into African American churches and the symbolic role of the Jew in the Haitian religious imagination. This collection draws on sacred texts, interviews, and ethnographic and archival research to discuss the shared elements in blackand Jewish sacred life, as well as the development and elaboration of new religious identities by African Americans. Featuring contributions from a group of renowned scholars and writers, this groundbreaking volume reveals a great deal about both African American religions and the meaning of Judaism in the contemporary world. It is essential reading for students of religion, history, cultural studies, blackstudies, and American studies.
Yvonne Chireau and Nathaniel Deutsch are both at Swarthmore College.
Title:Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with JudaismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:November 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019511258X

ISBN - 13:9780195112580

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: African American Jews and IsraelitesYvonne Chireau: Black Culture and Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism, 1790-1930: An OverviewBernard Wolfson: African American Jews: Dispelling Myths, Bridging the DivideMerrill Singer: Symbolic Identity Formation in an African American Religious Sect: The Black Hebrew IsraelitesEthan Michaeli: Another Exodus: The Hebrew Israelites from Chicago to DimonaPart Two: African American Muslims and JudaismNathaniel Deutsch: The Proximate Other: The Nation of Islam and JudaismKathleen Malone O'Connor: The Nubian Islamic Hebrews, Ansaaru Allah CommunityPart Three: African American Christianity and JudaismAllen Callahan: Remembering Nehemiah, A Note on Biblical TheologySusannah Heschel: Theological Affinities in the Writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King, Jr.Karla Goldman: This is the Gateway to the Lord: The Legacy of Synagogue Buildings for African-American Churches on Cincinnati's Reading RoadElizabeth McAlister: The Jew in the Haitian ImaginationSelected BibliographyNotes on Contributors

Editorial Reviews

"Deliver[s] on its promise to `explore the creative ways that African-Americans have interacted with Jewish beliefs, Jewish traditions, and Jewish institutions."--Albany Times Union