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Jah KingdomRastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age of Decolonization$
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Monique A. Bedasse

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469633596

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633596.001.0001

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Diasporic Dreams, African Nation-State Realities

Diasporic Dreams, African Nation-State Realities

(p.106) 4 Diasporic Dreams, African Nation-State Realities
Jah Kingdom

Monique A. Bedasse

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the clash between Rastafarian diasporic dreams and African nation-state realities. Even as the Rastafarian notion of diaspora transcended the state, Rastas were at the mercy of the Tanzanian state apparatus. The state granted them official “right of entry” in 1985,but it was not codified into law, and this made for a less than smooth process. The fissures that came to the fore turned on the legal, economic, cultural, and religious realities of repatriation. Notwithstanding these difficulties, Rastafarians and Tanzanian state officials continued to trod diaspora and to make claims about the relationship between race and citizenship.

Keywords:   citizenship, race, Ras Bupe Karudi, Joshua Mkhululi, Kisembo Karudi, Ato Kidani Roberts, Britain, Iman Mani, Twelve Tribes of Israel, Right of entry

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