In the Shadow of Moses

New Jewish Movements in Africa and the Diaspora

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Daniel Lis, William F. S. Miles, Tudor Parfitt
  • Los Angeles, CA: 
    Tshei Publishers
    , December
     280 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Shai Afsai forthcoming.


n the Shadow of Moses: New Jewish Movements in Africa and the Diaspora presents original research by an international group of twelve scholars who have been conducting fieldwork on historic and emerging Jewish communities in Africa as well as on the interaction of Jews and Africans (and their descendants) in precolonial Africa and modern day Israel.  These New Jewish Movements are an addition to the New Religious Movements that have intrigued sociologists and historians of religion for some time; now, the book argues, the phenomenon contains a global Jewish component as well. Case studies include Cameroon, Congo, C'ote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Ghana, Jamaica, Madagascar, Nigeria, Uganda, and African immigrants in Israel. Illustrated by original drawings by graphic-novel artist Jrmie Dres, the volume will appeal to scholars and general readers in African as well as Jewish studies.  In the Shadow of Moses is dedicated to the late Professor Ali Mazuri, an early proponent of scholarly synergies between the study of Africa and the study of the Jews.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Daniel Lis is a Swiss-Israeli social anthropologist and historian of Judaic studies. He is a recent research fellow at the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Basel and the Abraham Centre for International and Regional Relations at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Jewish Identity among the Igbo of Nigeria.

William Miles is Professor of Political Science and the former Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. He is the author of Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic OdysseyAfro-Jewish Encounters from Timbuktu to the Indian Ocean and Beyond; and Zion in the Desert.

Tudor Parfitt is Distinguished Professor in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University.  He has presented seven documentaries and authored or edited 26 books of which the most recent is Memory and Ethnicity: Ethnic Museums in Israel and the Diaspora (edited with D. Miccolli and E. Trevisan-Semi.)

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