The Black Jews of Africa History, Religion, Identity by Edith BruderThe Black Jews of Africa History, Religion, Identity by Edith Bruder

The Black Jews of Africa History, Religion, Identity

byEdith Bruder

Paperback | July 23, 2012

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The last several decades have seen the emergence of a remarkable phenomenon: a Jewish "rebirth" that is occurring throughout Africa. A variety of different ethnic groups proclaim that they are returning to long-forgotten Jewish roots, and African clans trace their lineage to the Lost Tribes ofIsrael. Africans have encountered Jewish myths and traditions in multiple forms and various ways. The context and circumstances of these encounters have gradually led, within some African societies, to the elaboration of a new Jewish identity connected with that of the Diaspora. This book presents, one by one, the different groups of Black Jews in western, central, eastern, and southern Africa and the ways in which they have used and imagined their oral history and traditional customs to construct a distinct Jewish identity. It explores the ways in which Africans haveinteracted with the ancient mythological sub-strata of both western and African ideas of Judaism. It particularly seeks to identify and to assess colonial influences and their internalization by African societies in the shaping of new African religious identities. The book also examines how, in theabsence of recorded African history, the eminently malleable accounts of Jewish lineage developed by African groups co-exist with the possible historical traces of a Jewish presence in Africa. This elegant and well-researched book goes beyond the well-known case of the Falasha of Ethiopia, examining the trend towards Judaism in Africa at large, and exploring, too, the interdisciplinary concepts of "metaphorical Diaspora," global and transnational identities, and colonization.
Edith Bruder is a Research Associate in the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and in the French National Center for Scientific Research.
Title:The Black Jews of Africa History, Religion, IdentityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:July 23, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionLost Tribes in Twenty-first-Century AfricaPart I: Prehistory1. The Lost Tribes of Israel2. Jewish Accounts and Christian Traditions3. The Mythography of Africa4. The Legend of Solomon and the Queen of ShebaPart II: Black Judaism: Genesis5. Blacks and Jews the Archetypal "Others"6. Encountering and Reinventing the Africans and the Jews in the Colonial Era, Fifteenth to Nineteenth Centuries7. Appropriating Jewish History by the African Diaspora, Nineteenth to Twentieth CenturiesPart III: Africa, Judaism, and African "Jews"8. Historical Narratives of a Jewish Presence in Sub-Saharan Africa9. African Jews in Western and Central Africa10. African Jews in Easten and Southern AfricaAfrican Jews in Easten and Southern AfricaNotesBibliographyIndex