Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies

Dr E Bruder

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Department: Biblical and Ancient Studies
Research Fellow


  • PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, England
  • DESS (French post-graduate degree) in Clinical Psychology, University Paris 7
  • DEA (French post-graduate degree) in Art History, Architecture and Archaeology    
  • Pantheon-Sorbonne University Paris 1

Fields of academic interests

  • Judaizing movements
  • Philo-Semitism
  • Globalization of religions
  • Ethno-history
  • Religious Diasporas

Field of Specialisation

  • African Judaism
  • New Religious Movements


  • Black Jews, Les Juifs Noirs d’Afrique et le mythe des Tribus perdues, Albin Michel, 2014.
  • The Black Jews of Africa: Identity, Religion, History, New York, Oxford University Press, 2008 and 2012.
  • Bruder E. and Parfitt, T. eds. African Zion: Studies in Black Judaism, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
  • Breitschneider, M, Bruder, E, and Le Roux M. eds, ‘Africana’  Jewish Journeys. Studies in African Judaism.  Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2018
  • “Des communautés juives en Afrique sub-saharienne”, in Histoire des Relations entre Juifs et Musulmans  des origines à nos jours, ed. Abdelwahab Medeb and Benjamin Stora, Albin Michel, France, 2013.
  • “Jewish Communities in sub-Saharan Africa”, in The History of Relations between Jews and Muslims: From its Origins to the Present Days, ed. Abdelwahab Medeb and Benjamin Stora (Albin Michel, University of Princeton, 2014)
  • “The Beit Avraham of Kechene: The Emergence of a New Jewish Community in Ethiopia”, in Beta Israel: The Jews of Ethiopia and Beyond, edited by E. Trevisan Semi and S. Weil (Cafoscarina: Venezia, 2011)
  • “'The Descendants of David’ of Madagascar: Crypto-Judaism in Twentieth Century Africa” in Race, Color, Identity: Rethinking Discourses about "Jews" in the 21st Century, edited by Efraim Sicher, New York: Berghahn Books (2013).

Journal articles

  •  “Philosemitism and Affiliation to Judaism in Africa” in Common Knowledge,  23: 3, Duke University Press, 2017.
  • “Judaïsme africain, Tribus Perdues et traditions orales“ in Mondes séfarade, proche oriental et africain, edited by Joelle Allouche, Vol. 3,  CNRS, 2014.
  • “Tracing the Hebraic-Judaic Origins of the Beit Avraham of Kechene (Ethiopia)” in Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Vol.LXV, No.2, Autumn 2014.
  • “Sur les traces des Tribus perdues d’Israel en Afrique, Juifs Africains du 21 ème siècle » (On the Lost Tribes Tracks, African Jews in the 20th Century), Paris Religions et Histoire 28, 2009.
  • ″Constructions d’identités juives en Afrique sub-saharienne″ (Constructions of Jewish Identities in Sub-Saharan Africa) in Juifs et Noirs, du mythe à la réalité,  Paris, Pardes, 2008.
  • “Tribus perdues d’Israël en Afrique″ (Lost Tribes of Israel in Africa) in Juifs et Noirs, du mythe à la réalité,  Paris, Pardes, 2008.
  • "Noirs et Juifs: Les Black Jews aux Etats Unis, Genèse d 'un mouvement judaïsant au 20ème siècle" (Blacks and Jews : Black Jews in the United States – Genesis of a Judaizing Movement in the 20th Century) in Diasporas, Histoire et Sociétés 9 (2006), CNRS, France, pp. 207-221.
  • “Identités Juives contemporaines en Afrique de l’Ouest: une conséquence des routes caravanières au Moyen Age?” in Graeco-Arabica 11 (2011), Institut for Graeco-Oriental and African Studies: Heraklion).

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Research Associate Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, FRAMESPA-UMR 5136, France
  • President of the International Society for the Study of African Jewry (ISSAJ)


  • The discrimination of religious minorities
  • Philosemitism and Globalization