Based on previously undiscovered oral and written sources from Tanzania, Jamaica, England, the United States, and Trinidad, Bedasse uncovers a vast and varied transnational network--including Julius Nyerere, Michael Manley, and C. L. R James--revealing Rastafari's entrenchment in the making of Pan-Africanism in the postindependence period.
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Monique Bedasse has done an amazing thing: she has taken what is presumed to be primarily a cultural phenomenon and shown its real-world, trans-spatial dimensions. Beautifully and movingly written, this is a refreshingly candid appraisal of the relationship between Jamaica and Tanzania through Rastafarian ideology, and the ways in which diasporic and continental African actors come together in a context of anticolonial struggle."—Michael A. Gomez, New York University
Jah Kingdom is the work of a talented, imaginative historian whose innovative approach to Rastafari and black internationalism captures a neglected stream in the long history of Pan-African political aspirations and anticolonial struggles. Through prodigious research, oral interviews, and a conceptually rich historiographical engagement, Monique Bedasse reveals a wide range of alternative political imaginaries that ultimately facilitated Tanzania assuming a central place in African diasporic politics and Rastafarian decolonial aspirations."—Minkah Makalani, University of Texas at Austin