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The Black Jews of AfricaHistory, Religion, Identity$
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Edith Bruder

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333565.001.0001

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Lost Tribes in Twenty‐first‐Century Africa

(p.3) Introduction
The Black Jews of Africa

Edith Bruder

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the increasing number of ethnic groups throughout Africa claiming a Jewish, or Hebrew, or Israelite ancestry. It then lays out the main objective of the book, which is to review the processes and the complex interactions that shaped these new religious identities in Africa. The factors influencing African Jews' religious identities are discussed. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   Africa, Jews, Judaism, Jewish ancestry, Africans, religion

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