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Jews and Judaism in African History

This is a narrative about Jews and Judaism in Africa, from antiquity to the present. Jews have often been a marginalized minority, yet they have played a role in the history of the continent hugely disproportionate to their numbers. They have enriched Africa culturally and economically, serving as innovators and middlemen, government servants and educators. Along the way, they have been victims and victimizers, mercenaries and proxies for others as well as adjuvants in long-distance trade and sustainable development. While some have converted to other religions and been assimilated into indigenous society, most have retained their Jewish identity in various forms. Jews and Judaism have practically disappeared from Africa today but their legacy will surely endure.This book covers topics such as Jews in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt; Jews in the western Mediterranean through the Inquisition; 'New Christians' and the making of the Atlantic world, including the early phases of the modern sugar economy and the slave trade; Jews in Ethiopia from antiquity to the 20th century; Jewish communities in the Muslim world; Morocco and West Africa; Sudanic civilizations from the 11th to the 21st century; Jewish communities in North Africa; Jews in the making of modern South Africa; and the relationship between modern Israel and Africa.
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Richard Hull, NYU, is author of several books including Modern Africa: Change and Continuity and World Civilizations.

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