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Parfitt, Tudor

Works: 53 works in 287 publications in 5 languages and 8,822 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: DS135.E75, 296.493
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Publications about Tudor Parfitt
Publications by Tudor Parfitt
Most widely held works by Tudor Parfitt
Journey to the vanished city : the search for a lost tribe of Israel by Tudor Parfitt( Book )
13 editions published between 1992 and 2000 in English and Dutch and held by 798 libraries worldwide
Who are the strange Lemba people of Zimbabwe and South Africa? Are they indeed, as they claim, a lost biblical Jewish tribe directly descended from the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon? Or are they impostors, claiming to be Jewish merely to expedite a modern-day exodus to Israel, following a path undertaken by the Ethiopian Falasha Jews? These are the questions that noted historian Tudor Parfitt tackles in this absorbing narrative, Journey to the Vanished City. Tracing the origins of these self-proclaimed black Jews in compelling whodunit fashion, Parfitt searches for the fabled city of Sena, from which the Lemba claim to have come centuries before. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that this is not merely an expedition through uncharted African territory, for the book takes on the aura of an epic journey through the terrain of myth. Along the way, the reader encounters fascinating stories of the Queen of Sheba, of long-lost Jewish kingdoms, of King Solomon's mines, and of Ophir, the legendary biblical land of gold. A compelling travel narrative in the best tradition of Paul Theroux and John McPhee, this is a work that through its controversial thesis is bound to generate public debate. Journey to the Vanished City opens up a new and exciting chapter in Jewish history
Great tranquillity : questions and answers by Yehuda Amichai( Book )
7 editions published between 1983 and 1998 in English and held by 410 libraries worldwide
Black Jews in Africa and the Americas by Tudor Parfitt( Book )
15 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 397 libraries worldwide
"Black Jews in Africa and the Americas tells the fascinating story of how the Ashanti, Tutsi, Igbo, Zulu, Beta Israel, Maasai, and many other African peoples came to think of themselves as descendants of the ancient tribes of Israel. Pursuing medieval and modern European race narratives over a millennium in which not only were Jews cast as black but black Africans were cast as Jews, Tudor Parfitt reveals a complex history of the interaction between religious and racial labels and their political uses."--Jacket flap
The lost tribes of Israel : the history of a myth by Tudor Parfitt( Book )
17 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 347 libraries worldwide
"Tudor Parfitt examines a myth which is based on one of the world's oldest mysteries - what happened to the lost tribes of Israel? Christians and Jews alike have attached great importance to the legendary fate of these tribes which has had a remarkable impact on their ideologies throughout history. Each tribe of Israel claimed descent from one of the twelve sons of Jacob and the land of Israel was eventually divided up between them. Following a schism which formed after the death of Solomon, ten of the tribes set up an independent northern kingdom, whilst those of Judah and Levi set up a separate southern kingdom. In 721BC the ten northern tribes were ethnically cleansed by the Assyrians and the Bible states they were placed: 'in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan and in the city of Medes.' The Bible also foretold that one day they would be reunited with the southern tribes in the final redemption of the people of Israel. Their subsequent history became a tapestry of legend and hearsay. The belief persisted that they had been 'lost' in some remote part of the world and there were countless suggestions and claims as to where. At a lecture Parfitt gave some years ago in Cape Town he was approached by a group of Africans who claimed to be members of the Lemba tribe from a mysterious lost city of Sena, and of Jewish descent. The final chapter will attempt to reveal, using a combination of linguistics and genetics, what did become of these lost tribes." -- Publisher's description
The Jews in Palestine, 1800-1882 by Tudor Parfitt( Book )
12 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 281 libraries worldwide
Jews, Muslims, and mass media : mediating the 'other' by Yulia Egorova( Book )
12 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 268 libraries worldwide
This text looks at the ways in which Jews, Muslims and the conflict between them has been covered in the modern media. Both Jews and Muslims generally receive 'bad press' and this books tries to reveal why
The Falashas : the Jews of Ethiopia by David Kessler( Book )
12 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 267 libraries worldwide
At the end of 1984 and in May 1991 virtually the whole of the ancient black Jewish community of Ethiopia - known as the Falashas or Beta Israel - was transported to Israel in two massive secret airlifts. This drastic step was necessary because the situation of the approximately 50,000 people had become desperate. The only way to rescue them from intolerable conditions was to unite them with their co-religionists in the Promised Land where, throughout the centuries, they had longed to live. In the first two editions of this book David Kessler gave a brief outline of the history of these people from Biblical times and described their struggle against the lay and religious establishment for recognition as an authentic branch of the Jewish people. The airlifts of 1984 and 1991 were a vindication of their claim. This third, revised edition comprises the whole of the original volume and is enhanced by the addition of a new preface and an afterword which seek to reply to criticisms of the author's argument about the origins of the Falashas, and include some new thinking on the subject. Drawing on tradition and legend to reinforce his argument, the author again traces the source of the community to the Jewish settlements which existed in ancient Egypt (particularly at Elephantine on the Nile) and in the ancient Meroitic kingdom, in present-day Sudan, known in the Bible as Cush
Israel and Ishmael : studies in Muslim-Jewish relations ( Book )
11 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 233 libraries worldwide
The Jews of Africa and Asia : contemporary anti-Semitism and other pressures by Tudor Parfitt( Book )
12 editions published between 1960 and 1987 in English and held by 222 libraries worldwide
Judaising movements : studies in the margins of Judaism by Tudor Parfitt( Book )
20 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 172 libraries worldwide
The history of Judaising movements has been largely ignored by historians of religion. This volume analyzes the interplay between colonialism, a Judaism not traditionally viewed as proselytising but which at certain points was struggling to heed the Prophets and become a light unto the Gentiles' and the attraction for many different peoples of the rooted historicity of Judaism and by the symbolic appropriation of Jewish suffering. This book will look at the role of colonialism in the development of Judaising movements throughout the world, including New Zealand, Japan, India, Burma and Afr
Lost tribes of Israel ( visu )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 172 libraries worldwide
South Africa's Lemba people claim to be descendants of Jews and one of the lost tribes of Israel. In this program, anthropologist Tudor Parfitt investigates the Lemba's claim through genetic testing and attempts to retrace their migration
Jews of Ethiopia : the birth of an elite by Tudor Parfitt( Book )
18 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 171 libraries worldwide
"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 twentieth century."--Jacket
The road to redemption : the Jews of the Yemen, 1900-1950 by Tudor Parfitt( Book )
11 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 157 libraries worldwide
Since the rise of Islam, Jews have been living in the Yemen as the only non-Muslim minority. Their status, never enviable, deteriorated in the twentieth century as the Imam Yahya sought to maintain the full force of Islamic law and local custom. The attempt to create a Jewish National Home in Palestine, Arab propaganda, new economic realities and local resentments had the effect of further undermining their position. While battling to maintain their rights, the Yemenite Jews started to emigrate
Genetics, mass media and identity : a case study of the genetic research on the Lemba and Bene Israel by Tudor Parfitt( Book )
10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 157 libraries worldwide
These traditions which had hitherto been rejected by mainstream Jewish communities maintain that they are Jewish and came from a town called Sena 'somewhere in the far north'. In the case of the Bene Israel, another somewhat ambiguous Jewish group, the results were interpreted in a way which is embedded in local Indian traditions. This engaging and accessible study is based on extensive interviews with the members of the two communities and their neighbours and an analysis of a wide range of the mass media material devoted to them."--Jacket
The Beta Israel in Ethiopia and Israel : studies on Ethiopian Jews by Tudor Parfitt( Book )
15 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 150 libraries worldwide
For decade the Falashas - the Black Jews of Ethiopia - have fascinated scholars. Are they really Jews and in what sense? How can their origins be explained? Since the Falashas' transfer to Israel in the much publicised Israeli air lifts the fascination has continued and and new factors are now being discussed. Written by the leading scholars in the field the essays in this collection examine the history, music, art, anthropology and current situations of the Ethopian Jews. Issues examined include their integration into Middle Eastern society, contacts between the Falasha and the State
Operation Moses : the untold story of the secret exodus of the Falasha Jews from Ethiopia by Tudor Parfitt( Book )
6 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and Dutch and held by 145 libraries worldwide
Geschiedenis van de Falasja's, Ethiopische joden, die via een geheime luchtbrug in 1984/85 naar Israël werden overgebracht
The Great transition : the recovery of the lost centers of modern Hebrew literature ( Book )
3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 136 libraries worldwide
Jewish education and learning : published in honour of Dr. David Patterson on the occasion of his seventieth birthday ( Book )
8 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 108 libraries worldwide
Published as a tribute to David Patterson, founder of the Oxford Centre for postgraduate Hebrew studies, the collection of 23 essays focuses on various aspects of Jewish education on the academic level. articles Incluede: "the role of higher education in a zionist society" and "religious education in israel". other pieces look at jewish education throughout history. the founder expressed the hope that the center would help replace the great centers of learning lost in europe and build a bridge between israeli scholarship and the world
The thirteenth gate : travels among the Lost Tribes of Israel by Tudor Parfitt( Book )
6 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 99 libraries worldwide
Memory and ethnicity : ethnic museums in Israel and the Diaspora by Emanuela Trevisan Semi( Book )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 55 libraries worldwide
In recent times, ethnicity and issues of origin have become a hotly debated topic among Jews both in Israel and in the Diaspora. This is particularly true both of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa, who for years had remained at the margins of the Israeli national narrative, as well as the Israeli Palestinian minority. Much the same may be said of Diaspora Jews. Among the public spaces where ethnicity has become more visible are museums, together with heritage centres, art galleries
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Alternative Names
Parfitt, Tudor.
Parfitt, Tudor D. 1944-
Tudor Parfitt British historian, writer, traveller, broadcaster, adventurer
Tudor Parfitt historiador, escritor, viajante, apresentador e explorador britânico
Tudor Parfitt historiador, escritor, viajero, presentador y explorador británico
Tudor Parfitt historiador, escritor, viaxeiro, presentador e explorador británico
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