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Chosen people : the rise of American Black Israelite religions

Author: Jacob S Dorman
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Jacob S. Dorman offers new insights into the rise of Black Israelite religions in America, faiths ranging from Judaism to Islam to Rastafarianism all of which believe that the ancient Hebrew Israelites were Black and that contemporary African Americans are their descendants. --from publisher description.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacob S Dorman
ISBN: 9780195301403 0195301404 0190490098 9780190490096
OCLC Number: 781432412
Awards: Winner of Named Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE Winnter of the Wesley-Logan Prize from the American Historical Association Winner of the Byron Caldwell Smith Book Prize Winner of the 2014 Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize for the Best Book in Africana Religions.
Description: xii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: "This is our Red Sea": exodusters, prophet William Saunders Crowdy, and the beginnings of black Israelism --
"Equivalent to Israelism": inheritance, freemasonry, and the ancient Israelites --
"We are Israelites but not Jews": orientalism and Israelism in the holiness-Pentecostal movement --
"Our only hope, our only salvation as a race": Rabbi Arnold Josiah Ford, Ethiopianism, and African American settlers in Ethiopia --
"I saw you disappear with my own eyes": hidden transcripts of Rabbi Wentworth A. Matthew's black Israelite bricolage.
Responsibility: Jacob S. DorMan.
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This significant book makes a valuable contribution to the literature on cultural synthesis and African American history. Regennia N. Williams, Journal of American History Chosen People is a deep and Read more...

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