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The Jews of Andhra Pradesh
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The Jews of Andhra Pradesh: Contesting Caste and Religion in South India

Yulia Egorova and Shahid Perwez


What does it mean to be Jewish in contemporary world? This book casts a new theoretical light on this question by exploring the Bene Ephraim community of Madiga Dalits from rural Andhra Pradesh, India, who at the end of the twentieth century declared their affiliation to the Lost Tribes of Israel. Yulia Egorova and Shahid Perwez present an engaging and sophisticated ethnographic account of this community and argue that by embracing the Jewish tradition the Bene Ephraim have both expanded conventional definitions of ‘Who is a Jew’ and found a new way to celebrate their Dalit heritage and to fig ... More

Keywords: Judaism, India, Judaizing movements, Dalits, Jewishness, caste, Bene Ephraim, Andhra Pradesh

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199929214
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yulia Egorova, author
Durham University

Shahid Perwez, author
Durham University

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