The Beta Israel in Ethiopia and Israel: Studies on the Ethiopian Jews

The Beta Israel in Ethiopia and Israel: Studies on the Ethiopian Jews

by Tudor Parfitt, Emanuela Trevisan Semi, Parfitt Tudor
     
 

For decade the Falashas - the Black Jews of Ethiopia - have fascinated scholars. Are they really Jews and in what sense? How can their origins be explained? Since the Falashas' transfer to Israel in the much publicised Israeli air lifts the fascination has continued and and new factors are now being discussed.

Written by the leading scholars in the field the

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Overview

For decade the Falashas - the Black Jews of Ethiopia - have fascinated scholars. Are they really Jews and in what sense? How can their origins be explained? Since the Falashas' transfer to Israel in the much publicised Israeli air lifts the fascination has continued and and new factors are now being discussed.

Written by the leading scholars in the field the essays in this collection examine the history, music, art, anthropology and current situations of the Ethopian Jews. Issues examined include their integration into Middle Eastern society, contacts between the Falasha and the State of Israel how the Falasha became Jews in the first place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700710928
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/05/1998
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Note on Editors
1Rabbi Nahoum's Anthropological Mission to Ethiopia1
2From Wolleqa to Florence: The Tragic Story of Faitlovitch's Pupil Hizkiahu Finkas15
3The Life and Death of Solomon Isaac40
4The Impact of the Italian Occupation of Ethiopia on the Beta Israel50
5Some Unpublished Documents Relating to the Twentieth Century History of the Beta Israel in Ethiopia61
6The Case of the Falas Mura70
7Ethiopian Dynastic Marriage and the Beta Israel81
8All in the Family: 'Kinship' as a Paradigm for the Ethnography of Beta Israel94
9Everyday Resistance and the Study of Ethiopian Jews113
10Israeli Women of Ethiopian Descent: The Strengths, Conflicts and Successes128
11Fertility Decline and Changes in the Life Course among Ethiopian Jewish Women137
12Women in History and Historiography: Research on Women of the Beta Israel160
13Identity Reformulation among Ethiopian Immigrant Soldiers: Processes of Interpretation and Struggle169
14The Beta Israel Band of Porachat Ha Tikva: War in Songs and Songs in War181
15Dance at the Ethiopian Disco: Tradition or Change191
16Of Names, Amulets and Movies: Some Patterns of Oral, Written and Non-Verbal Negotiation among the Ethiopian Jews in Israel201
17Beta Israel prayers: Oral and Written Traditions - Analysis of a service for the New Moon209
18The Formal Organisation of the Beta Israel Liturgy - Substance and Performance: Literary Structure235
19The Formal Organisation of the Beta Israel Liturgy - Substance and Performance: Musical Structure252
20Differences Between the Amharic Dialects of Gondar and Addis Ababa257
21Divination as Prevention of Illness and other Life Problems264
22Sickness and Medicine: Perceptions of Ethiopian Immigrants and their Doctors in Israel275
23Idioms and Narratives of Mental Health Problems among Ethiopian Jewish Patients in Israel285
24The Long Journey of the Young Beta Israel from Lasta296
25The Epistle of Elias301

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