THE NATHAN I. HUGGINS LECTURES
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Black Jews in Africa and the Americas

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$33.50 • £26.95 • €30.00

ISBN 9780674066984

Publication Date: 02/04/2013

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240 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

The Nathan I. Huggins Lectures

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In throwing light on the source of our beliefs, Parfitt makes transparently clear how prejudice and desire for status, to cite just two verities of human behavior, interact with ever-changing features of the political and economic landscape to transform human identities.—Gloria Levitas, Moment

In this compact but compelling study, Parfitt presents a fascinating account of the origins of black Jews in the modern period.—A. Mendelsohn, Choice

In this wide-ranging cultural examination of the intersections of blackness and Jewishness, [Parfitt] focuses primarily on blacks who claim, or have had ascribed to them by anthropologists and other intellectuals, Jewish origins or characteristics. Parfitt discusses the Beta Israel of Ethiopia and the Lemba of southern Africa (DNA testing has revealed that members of the Lemba have genetic links to Semitic peoples), as well as more ideologically driven movements, such as postimperial black African Jews… Supported by a large cast of thinkers and religious leaders, this brief but extensive look at a partly authentic, largely invented ethnic-religious identity will intereststudents of religion, race relations, and postcolonialism.Publishers Weekly

For at least the past two centuries, the majority of Jews were of European ancestry and could be broadly categorized as Caucasian. Yet, from Ethiopia to the Yemens to China, there existed individuals and communities of ‘people of color’ who were either Jewish or considered themselves linked to Jews culturally, even genetically… Parfitt has provided a well-researched and informative study of these groups and their place in the wider debates concerning the forging of religious and ethnic identities.—Jay Freeman, Booklist

Anyone interested in understanding how and why discussions of Africana Judaisms have such vast and varied participants—from Orthodox Rabbis to Pan-Africanist icons, from mouth-swabbing geneticists to human rights advocates—will find the answers in this masterful new offering from one of the world’s most knowledgeable scholars on the topic.—John L. Jackson, Jr., author of Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity

Moving from Lost Tribes in Africa to Black Jews in the United States, and from Biblical narrative to modern genetic testing, Tudor Parfitt traces with verve and insight the ties that bind blacks and Jews in history and myth. A cogent and enlightening account of a pan-historical and international subject fraught with serious religious, racial, and cultural implications.—Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Harvard University

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