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Synopsis: Told with captivating images and haunting music, here is the remarkable story of a group of rural African people who converted to Judaism eighty years ago and, despite ensuing hardships, have stuck by their faith. Abayudaya features 100 full–color photographs and a CD filled with powerful music and songs.
The 600 members of the Abayudaya (Children of Judah) community living in a remote area of eastern Uganda lead a life devoted to traditional Jewish practices. They observe the Sabbath and holidays, attend services, follow dietary laws, and cling tightly to traditions in their small mud and brick synagogues. Surrounded by Muslims and Christians, facing poverty and isolation, these people have maintained their Jewish way of life for four generations since the initial conversion of their tribal chief Semei Kukungulu in 1917. Even during Idi Amin's reign of terror, when synagogues were closed and prayers had to be held in secret, the Abayudaya did not abandon their beliefs.
Richard Sobol is the first photojournalist to document this newly discovered Jewish community's way of life and to relate their heroic story. His sensitive portraits and moving landscapes depict everyday life. He shows their day of rest on the Jewish Sabbath, as well as their religious celebrations and rituals. His intriguing text chronicles the story of this community from its conception to the present. The book includes a CD filled with powerful music and songs from services recorded by ethnomusicologist Jeffrey A. Summit, who has also provided an essay examining this unique mix of African and Jewish sounds.
About the Author:
Richard Sobol has contributed photoessays to such leading publications as National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit is the Neubauer Executive Director of Tufts Hillel at Tufts University, where he also teaches Music and Judaic Studies.
Title: Abayudaya: The Jews of Uganda
Publisher: Abbeville Press
Book Condition: New
Book Description Abbeville Press. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Seller Inventory # 2970747423
Book Description Abbeville Press. Condition: New. New dust jacket. Shrink wrapped!. Seller Inventory # D13F-00196
Book Description Abbeville Press, 2002. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0789207761-2-4
Book Description Abbeville Press, 2002. Condition: Good. Har/Com. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP106240291
Book Description Abbeville Press. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 0789207761 Clean, unread hardcover with modest shelfwear including a very small bump/tear to the dust jacket and a publisher's mark to one edge - otherwise Nice!. Seller Inventory # Z0789207761Z3
Book Description Abbeville Press Publishers, NY and London, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good +. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +. Sobol, Richard (illustrator). Stated First Edition. Beautifully illustrated book on the Jews of Uganda and the Abayudaya Music of Worship and Celebration by Jeffrey A. Summit. Book. Seller Inventory # 088118
Book Description Abbeville Press, New York, 2002. Hard Cover. First Edition, First printing. Stated First edition with "1" in number row. FINE, VIRTUALLY AS NEW, IN SIMILAR DUST JACKET. AS NEW CD IN SLEEVE IN REAR. Music Recorded and Annotated by Jeffery A. Summit. Seller Inventory # 23954
Book Description Abbeville Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0789207761
Book Description Abbeville Press, New York, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: fine. First edition, as stated. 10 x 10 in. Cloth boards. Music CD included in rear pocket. Lavish color photos. Signed by Sobel on title pg. Condition is FINE ; like new on all points. DJ is FINE ; like new. Hist. Stax. Seller Inventory # 27038
Book Description Abbeville Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0789207761