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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700710928
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/5/1998
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on Editors
1 Rabbi Nahoum's Anthropological Mission to Ethiopia 1
2 From Wolleqa to Florence: The Tragic Story of Faitlovitch's Pupil Hizkiahu Finkas 15
3 The Life and Death of Solomon Isaac 40
4 The Impact of the Italian Occupation of Ethiopia on the Beta Israel 50
5 Some Unpublished Documents Relating to the Twentieth Century History of the Beta Israel in Ethiopia 61
6 The Case of the Falas Mura 70
7 Ethiopian Dynastic Marriage and the Beta Israel 81
8 All in the Family: 'Kinship' as a Paradigm for the Ethnography of Beta Israel 94
9 Everyday Resistance and the Study of Ethiopian Jews 113
10 Israeli Women of Ethiopian Descent: The Strengths, Conflicts and Successes 128
11 Fertility Decline and Changes in the Life Course among Ethiopian Jewish Women 137
12 Women in History and Historiography: Research on Women of the Beta Israel 160
13 Identity Reformulation among Ethiopian Immigrant Soldiers: Processes of Interpretation and Struggle 169
14 The Beta Israel Band of Porachat Ha Tikva: War in Songs and Songs in War 181
15 Dance at the Ethiopian Disco: Tradition or Change 191
16 Of Names, Amulets and Movies: Some Patterns of Oral, Written and Non-Verbal Negotiation among the Ethiopian Jews in Israel 201
17 Beta Israel prayers: Oral and Written Traditions - Analysis of a service for the New Moon 209
18 The Formal Organisation of the Beta Israel Liturgy - Substance and Performance: Literary Structure 235
19 The Formal Organisation of the Beta Israel Liturgy - Substance and Performance: Musical Structure 252
20 Differences Between the Amharic Dialects of Gondar and Addis Ababa 257
21 Divination as Prevention of Illness and other Life Problems 264
22 Sickness and Medicine: Perceptions of Ethiopian Immigrants and their Doctors in Israel 275
23 Idioms and Narratives of Mental Health Problems among Ethiopian Jewish Patients in Israel 285
24 The Long Journey of the Young Beta Israel from Lasta 296
25 The Epistle of Elias 301
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