Black Jews in Africa and the Americas / Tudor Parfitt.

By: Parfitt, TudorMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012Description: 1 online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780674067905; 0674067908Subject(s): Jews -- Africa -- History | African Americans -- Relations with Jews | African American Jews -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Black Jews in Africa and the Americas.DDC classification: 305.892/406 LOC classification: DS135.A25 | P368 2012Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
The color of Jews -- Lost tribes of Israel in Africa -- Ham's children -- Judaic practices and superior stock -- Half white and half black -- The emergence of Black Jews in the United States -- Divine geography and Israelite identities -- The internalization of the Israelite myth -- History, genetics, and indigenous Black African Jews.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The color of Jews -- Lost tribes of Israel in Africa -- Ham's children -- Judaic practices and superior stock -- Half white and half black -- The emergence of Black Jews in the United States -- Divine geography and Israelite identities -- The internalization of the Israelite myth -- History, genetics, and indigenous Black African Jews.

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Library Journal Review

Drawing on his Nathan I. Huggins Lectures, Parfitt, Emeritus Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, University of London, explains how African people like the Ashanti came to regard themselves as descendants of the ancient tribes of Israel and how they have connected with black Jews in America. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

In this compact but compelling study, Parfitt (Florida International Univ.) presents a fascinating account of the origins of black Jews in the modern period. Although one chapter deals exclusively with the US, the bulk of the book focuses on explaining how and why at heart this phenomenon was intertwined with the colonial project. Parfitt identifies several common mechanisms by which a variety of tribal groups came to be thought of as descendants of the biblical Israelites. As he explains, the traits identified by explorers, missionaries, and colonialists as characteristic of Judaism were rooted more deeply in "European myths and racialist and colonial fantasies" than in any historical reality. Such claims, however, served a variety of self-serving purposes for those who ascribed Israelite heritage to particular tribes. Parfitt demonstrates how some tribal groups, in turn, came to embrace this identity for themselves. In the concluding chapter, the author applies this model to the Beta Israel of Ethiopia and the Lemba of Zimbabwe and South Africa. Although unusual in its focus, this study joins a new wave of scholarship that addresses the racial position of Jews. Of particular interest to scholars of race and colonialism. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. A. Mendelsohn College of Charleston

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Tudor Parfitt is Professor of Modern Jewish Studies in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

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