270 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 5 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3359-6
Published: October 2017
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3358-9
Published: October 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3360-2
Published: August 2017
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Awards & distinctions
2018 Wesley-Logan Prize, American Historical Association
Anna Julia Cooper and C.L.R. James Award, National Council for Black Studies
A 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Based on previously undiscovered oral and written sources from Tanzania, Jamaica, England, the United States, and Trinidad, Bedasse uncovers a vast and varied transnational network--including Julius Nyerere, Michael Manley, and C. L. R James--revealing Rastafari’s entrenchment in the making of Pan-Africanism in the postindependence period.
About the Author
Monique A. Bedasse is assistant professor of history and African and African American studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
For more information about Monique A. Bedasse, visit the Author Page.
“Adds to a growing body of scholarship that seeks to forge new paradigms for the history of black internationalism. . . . An essential text.”--Journal of African American History
“Presents a study of a very small group of people whose actions represent a very large leap of faith with huge implications for global history . . . . An interesting and provocative work.”--American Historical Review
"Monique Bedasse has done an amazing thing: she has taken what is presumed to be primarily a cultural phenomenon and shown its real-world, trans-spatial dimensions. Beautifully and movingly written, this is a refreshingly candid appraisal of the relationship between Jamaica and Tanzania through Rastafarian ideology, and the ways in which diasporic and continental African actors come together in a context of anticolonial struggle.”—Michael A. Gomez, New York University
“Jah Kingdom is the work of a talented, imaginative historian whose innovative approach to Rastafari and black internationalism captures a neglected stream in the long history of Pan-African political aspirations and anticolonial struggles. Through prodigious research, oral interviews, and a conceptually rich historiographical engagement, Monique Bedasse reveals a wide range of alternative political imaginaries that ultimately facilitated Tanzania assuming a central place in African diasporic politics and Rastafarian decolonial aspirations.”—Minkah Makalani, University of Texas at Austin