Black Jews in Africa and the Americas by Tudor Parfitt
(The Nathan I. Huggins Lectures)

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Tudor explains how many African peoples came to think of themselves as descendants of the ancient tribes of Israel. Pursuing medieval and modern race narratives over a millennium in which Jews were cast as black and black Africans were cast as Jews, he reveals a complex interaction between religious and racial labels and their political uses.

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Tudor Parfitt is Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Published February 4, 2013 by Harvard University Press. 240 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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In this wide-ranging cultural examination of the intersections of blackness and Jewishness, the emeritus professor of modern Jewish studies at the University of London focuses primarily on blacks who

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“Derived from the account in Genesis,” Parfitt writes, “it became the source of a convoluted history that associated Ham with Africa.” As the story goes, Ham discovered his father, Noah, “hot, naked and drunk, asleep in his tent.” Irate that Ham blabbed about what he saw to his two brothers, Noa...

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