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The now widespread Igbo belief in a Jewish ancestry goes back to the 18th century. However, it was during and after the Nigerian civil war (1967–1970) that Igbo identification with and as Jews concretized. Understanding themselves to be part of the global Jewish community of the diaspora and the state of Israel, the Igbo practicing Judaism in Nigeria are eager for religious and political recognition from world Jewry and the Jewish state. However, self-identifying Jewish groups without documented historical connections to more established Jewish communities face considerable challenges in gaining such recognition.

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This page is a summary of: Nigeria's Igbo Jews: Jewish identity and practice in Abuja, Anthropology Today, April 2016, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8322.12239.
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