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  1. The Black Jews of Africa : history, religion, identity

    Bruder, Edith, 1948-
    Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2008.

    Over the last several decades, an astonishing phenomenon has developed: a Jewish rebirth of sorts occurring throughout Africa. Different ethnic groups proclaim that they are returning to long forgotten Jewish roots and African clans trace their lineage to the Lost Tribes of Israel. The Black Jews of Africa addresses the elaboration and the development of Jewish identities by Africans. Africans have encountered Jewish myths and traditions in multiple forms and under a number of situations. The context and circumstances of these encounters produced a series of influences that gradually led, within some African societies, to the elaboration of a new Jewish identity connected with that of the Diaspora. The book presents one by one the different groups of Black Jews from 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. The purpose of the book is to review the processes and immensely complex interactions which shaped these new religious identities.It explores the way in which Africans have interacted with the ancient mythological sub-strata of both western and Africans idea of Jews in order to create a distinct Jewish identity. It particularly seeks to identify and to assess colonial influences and their internalization by African societies in the shaping of new African religious identities. Along with these notions the book examines how, in the absence of recorded African history, the eminently malleable accounts of Jewish lineage developed by African groups inspired by Judaism co-exist with the possible historical traces of a Jewish presence in Africa.

    Online Oxford Scholarship Online

  2. Histoire des relations entre Juifs et Noirs : de la Bible à Black lives matter

    Bruder, Edith, 1948-
    Paris : Albin Michel, [2023]

    "Noirs et Juifs sont, dans la culture occidentale, les deux minorités marginalisées, stigmatisées, voire confondues, les deux figures de l'autre par excellence. Ils ont entretenu depuis l'Antiquité des relations complexes, entre identification, coopération et rivalité. C'est cette histoire sur la longue durée que nous fait découvrir Edith Bruder, depuis les premières figures d'Africains de la Bible hébraïque jusqu'au soutien contemporain apporté par le mouvement Black Lives Matter à la "résistance palestinienne". Ce parcours historique qui s'étend sur plus de 2000 ans n'élude aucune des questions religieuses, sociales et politiques qui ont pu provoquer la confrontation des Noirs et des Juifs. Il n'ignore pas non plus les moments lumineux de ces interactions et nous en fait découvrir les aspects méconnus aux Amériques, en Afrique ainsi qu'en France. À l'heure où les questions de racisme, de crispations identitaires, de concurrence mémorielle, et d'antisémitisme de la part d'autres minorités sont au cœur des tensions politiques, cet ouvrage entend faire le point de manière historienne sur les aspects composites de cette relation en l'inscrivant dans la longue durée."--Page 4 of cover.

  3. African Zion : studies in black Judaism

    Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.

    Over the last hundred years, in Africa and the United States, through a variety of religious encounters, some black African societies adopted - or perhaps rediscovered - a Judaic religious identity. African Zion grows out of a joined interest in these diversified encounters with Judaism, their common substrata and divergences, their exogenous or endogenous characteristics, the entry or re-entry of these people into the contemporary world as Jews and the necessity of reshaping the standard accounts of their collective experience. In various loci the bonds with Judaism of black Jews were often forged in the harshest circumstances and grew out of experiences of slavery, exile, colonial subjugation, political ethnic conflicts and apartheid. For the African peoples who identify as Jews and with other Jews, identification with biblical Israel assumes symbolical significance. This book presents the way in which the religious identification of African American Jews and African black Jews - "real", ideal or imaginary - has been represented, conceptualized and reconfigured over the last century or so. These essays grow out of a concern to understand Black encounters with Judaism, Jews and putative Hebrew/Israelite origins and are intended to illuminate their developments in the medley of race, ethnicity, and religion of the African and African American religious experience. They reflect the geographical and historic mosaic of black Judaism, permeated as it is with different "meanings", both contemporary and historical.

    Online EBSCO Academic Comprehensive Collection

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