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

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

by Tudor Parfitt, Emanuela Semi
     
 

The history of Judaising movements has been largely ignored by historians of religion. This volume analyzes 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

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The history of Judaising movements has been largely ignored by historians of religion. This volume analyzes 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 and by the symbolic appropriation of Jewish suffering.
This book will look at the role of colonialism in the development of Judaising movements throughout the world, including New Zealand, Japan, India, Burma and Africa. Particular attention will be paid to the Lemba tribe of Southern Africa. A remarkable parallel movement in 1930s Southern Italy will also be dealt with. The history of the converts of San Nicandro is seen in the context of currents of Jewish universalism, messianism and Zionism. Gender issues are also discussed here as the converted women assumed powers they had not hitherto enjoyed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700715152
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Routledge Jewish Studies Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1Judaising Movements and Colonial Discourse1
2Israel in China: A Judaising Discourse in the Far East17
3The Lemba: An African Judaising Tribe39
4Conversion and Judaisation: The 'Lost Tribes' Committees at the Birth of the Jewish State53
5A Conversion Movement in Italy: Jewish Universalism, Conversion and Gender in San Nicandro65
6The 'Falashisation' of the Blacks of Harlem: A Judaising Movement in 20th-century USA87
Bibliography111
Notes121
Index149

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