Judaising Movements: Studies in the Margins of Judaism in Modern Times

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"The history of Judaising movements has been largely ignored by historians of religion; this is the first monograph devoted to the subject. These movements are examined in Italy, New Zealand, Japan, India, Burma and various parts of Africa. The 'centre' of these movements, proselytising trends in Palestine/Israel in the 1940s and 1950s which conceived of the mass conversion to Judaism of certain populations in Africa and Asia and involved various well-known Jewish personalities, are also examined, as are Judaising movements among Black communities in the United States." This volume analyses the interplay between colonialism, a Judaism not traditionally viewed as 'proselytising' but which at certain points was struggling to heed the Prophets and become 'a light unto the Gentiles', and the attraction for many different peoples of the rooted historicity of Judaism.
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'This fascinating and copiously annotated study of the dialectics of cross-cultural encounters and influences, assumptions of identity, and the invention of traditions will be of interest to scholars in a wide spectrum of fields beyond Judaic studies.' - Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700715152
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Routledge Jewish Studies Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Judaising Movements and Colonial Discourse 1
2 Israel in China: A Judaising Discourse in the Far East 17
3 The Lemba: An African Judaising Tribe 39
4 Conversion and Judaisation: The 'Lost Tribes' Committees at the Birth of the Jewish State 53
5 A Conversion Movement in Italy: Jewish Universalism, Conversion and Gender in San Nicandro 65
6 The 'Falashisation' of the Blacks of Harlem: A Judaising Movement in 20th-century USA 87
Bibliography 111
Notes 121
Index 149
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