9780700710928

The Beta Israel in Ethiopia and Israel: Studies on the Ethiopian Jews

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  • ISBN13:

    9780700710928

  • ISBN10:

    0700710922

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-11-05
  • Publisher: RoutledgeCurzon
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Summary

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 of Israel how the Falasha became Jews in the first place.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Note on Editors
Rabbi Nahoum's Anthropological Mission to Ethiopiap. 1
From Wolleqa to Florence: The Tragic Story of Faitlovitch's Pupil Hizkiahu Finkasp. 15
The Life and Death of Solomon Isaacp. 40
The Impact of the Italian Occupation of Ethiopia on the Beta Israelp. 50
Some Unpublished Documents Relating to the Twentieth Century History of the Beta Israel in Ethiopiap. 61
The Case of the Falas Murap. 70
Ethiopian Dynastic Marriage and the Beta Israelp. 81
All in the Family: 'Kinship' as a Paradigm for the Ethnography of Beta Israelp. 94
Everyday Resistance and the Study of Ethiopian Jewsp. 113
Israeli Women of Ethiopian Descent: The Strengths, Conflicts and Successesp. 128
Fertility Decline and Changes in the Life Course among Ethiopian Jewish Womenp. 137
Women in History and Historiography: Research on Women of the Beta Israelp. 160
Identity Reformulation among Ethiopian Immigrant Soldiers: Processes of Interpretation and Strugglep. 169
The Beta Israel Band of Porachat Ha Tikva: War in Songs and Songs in Warp. 181
Dance at the Ethiopian Disco: Tradition or Changep. 191
Of Names, Amulets and Movies: Some Patterns of Oral, Written and Non-Verbal Negotiation among the Ethiopian Jews in Israelp. 201
Beta Israel prayers: Oral and Written Traditions - Analysis of a service for the New Moonp. 209
The Formal Organisation of the Beta Israel Liturgy - Substance and Performance: Literary Structurep. 235
The Formal Organisation of the Beta Israel Liturgy - Substance and Performance: Musical Structurep. 252
Differences Between the Amharic Dialects of Gondar and Addis Ababap. 257
Divination as Prevention of Illness and other Life Problemsp. 264
Sickness and Medicine: Perceptions of Ethiopian Immigrants and their Doctors in Israelp. 275
Idioms and Narratives of Mental Health Problems among Ethiopian Jewish Patients in Israelp. 285
The Long Journey of the Young Beta Israel from Lastap. 296
The Epistle of Eliasp. 301
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