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Re-discovering the past of Jewish Dalits.
The Bene Ephraim between Judaism(s).
All of us.
The children of Israel.
The other Bene Ephraim. This volume casts a new theoretical light on the question of what it means to be Jewish in the contemporary world by exploring the Bene Ephraim community of Madiga Dalits from rural Andhra Pradesh, India, who at the end of the twentieth century declared their affiliation to the Lost Tribes of Israel. Egorova and Perwez present an engaging and sophisticated ethnographic account of this community and argue that by embracing the Jewish tradition the Bene Ephraim have both expanded conventional definitions of 'Who is a Jew' and found a new way to celebrate their Dalit heritage and to fight caste inequality.