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Jews of Ethiopia: The Birth of an Elite (Tudor Parfitt) Hardcover Book, (Routledge, 2005) 9780415318389

Title: Jews of Ethiopia: The Birth of an Elite

Author: Parfitt, Tudor

Additional Authors or Contributors: Emanuela Trevisan Semi

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2005

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415318389

Volumes: 1; Pages: 224

List Price in Hardcover: $190.00 Our price: $190.00

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This book offers the results of the most recent research carried out in European and Israeli universities on Ethiopian Jews. With a special focus on Europe and the role played by German, English and Italian Jewish communities in creating a new Jewish Ethiopian identity, the book investigates such issues as the formation of a new Ethiopian Jewish elite and the transformation of the identity from Ethiopian Falashas to the Jews of Ethiopia during the 20th century.


1 The construction of Jewish identities in Africa

2 Giovanni Ellero's manuscript notes on the Falasha of Walqayt

3 S. Schachnowitz's novel Salomo der Falascha (1923)

4 The Falashas in the German Jewish press in Germany during the first half of the twentieth century

5 Ethiopian Jews in Europe: Taamrat Emmanuel in Italy and Makonnen Levi in England

6 Abraham Adgeh: the perfect English gentleman

7 Gete Yirmiahu and Beta Israel's regeneration: a difficult path

8 The Ethiopian Jewish exodus: a myth in creation

9 The sacred and secular: the immigration of the black Jews of Ethiopia to Israel

10 Birth and death in an absorption centre: the process of change among Ethiopian Jews in Israel

11 The function of musical instruments in the liturgy of the Ethiopian Jews

12 About the Jewish identity of the Beta Israel

13 The relationship between the Beta Israel tradition and the Book of Jubilees

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