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Title:The Question of Kinship: Bodies and Narratives in the Beta Israel-European Encounter (1860-1920)
Author:Seeman, Don
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:missionary history
ethnic relations
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1581624
Abstract:The London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews (also known as the LJS, or London Jewish Society) established a mission to the Beta Israel (Falasha) in Ethiopia in 1860. The author deals with the question of how some European Christians and Jews, during the period 1860-1920, began to negotiate kinship claims with the Beta Israel that were framed in both religious and ethnic or racial terms. Furthermore, he looks at how Beta Israel responded to these unprecedented overtures. By reinterpreting some of the available historical data in line with these anthropological concerns, he shows that the discursive strategies through which bodies themselves are constituted and taxonomized in intercultural engagements of this kind must be reexamined. Bibliogr., notes, ref.