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The Black Jews of AfricaHistory, Religion, Identity$
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Edith Bruder

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333565.001.0001

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 Appropriating Jewish History by the African Diaspora, Nineteenth to Twentieth Centuries

 Appropriating Jewish History by the African Diaspora, Nineteenth to Twentieth Centuries

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The Black Jews of Africa

Edith Bruder

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the theories of Afrocentrism that provided the theoretical basis for Africans to appropriate the Jewish history. By trying to restore the primacy of African influence in the world, the Afrocentrist ideology established a link of connivance with the most remote ancestors and asserted that Africans were the true original Jewish race. Following the history of these political texts, the precursors of African Diaspora identification with the Jewish Diaspora and the subsequent roots of African Judaizing movements are considered: special attention is paid to African American Jewish movements. The symbolic role of Judaism in the religious imagination of the Hebrew-Israelites (in Israel) and the Rastafarian movement (in Jamaica) is also examined.

Keywords:   Afrocentrism, Africans, Jews, Judaism, Rastafarian, Hebrew, Israelites, Israel

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