Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism / Edition 1

Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism / Edition 1

by Yvonne Chireau
     
 

ISBN-10: 019511258X

ISBN-13: 9780195112580

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This volume explores the myriad ways in which African American religions have encountered Jewish traditions, beliefs, and spaces. In contrast to previous works, which have typically focused on the social and political relationship between blacks and Jews, Black Zion places religion at the center of its discussion, thereby illuminating a critically important but

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Overview

This volume explores the myriad ways in which African American religions have encountered Jewish traditions, beliefs, and spaces. In contrast to previous works, which have typically focused on the social and political relationship between blacks and Jews, Black Zion places religion at the center of its discussion, thereby illuminating a critically important but little explored aspect of black-Jewish relations in America. The essays gathered here examine groups such as the Nation of Islam and the Hebrew Israelites, individuals such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Abraham Joshua Heschel, and topics such as the transformation of synagogue space into African American churches and the symbolic role of the Jew in the Haitian religious imagination. This collection draws on sacred texts, interviews, and ethnographic and archival research to discuss the shared elements in black and Jewish sacred life, as well as the development and elaboration of new religious identities by African Americans.
Featuring contributions from a group of renowned scholars and writers, this groundbreaking volume reveals a great deal about both African American religions and the meaning of Judaism in the contemporary world. It is essential reading for students of religion, history, cultural studies, black studies, and American studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195112580
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Series:
Religion in America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part One: African American Jews and Israelites
Black Culture and Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism, 1790-1930: An Overview, Yvonne Chireau
African American Jews: Dispelling Myths, Bridging the Divide, Bernard Wolfson
Symbolic Identity Formation in an African American Religious Sect: The Black Hebrew Israelites, Merrill Singer
Another Exodus: The Hebrew Israelites from Chicago to Dimona, Ethan Michaeli
Part Two: African American Muslims and Judaism
The Proximate Other: The Nation of Islam and Judaism, Nathaniel Deutsch
The Nubian Islamic Hebrews, Ansaaru Allah Community, Kathleen Malone O'Connor
Part Three: African American Christianity and Judaism
Remembering Nehemiah, A Note on Biblical Theology, Allen Callahan
Theological Affinities in the Writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King, Jr., Susannah Heschel
This is the Gateway to the Lord: The Legacy of Synagogue Buildings for African-American Churches on Cincinnati's Reading Road, Karla Goldman
The Jew in the Haitian Imagination, Elizabeth McAlister
Selected Bibliography
Notes on Contributors

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