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African Religions

African Religions
  • Author : Jacob K. Olupona
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  • Release Date :2014
  • Total pages :152
  • ISBN : 0199790582
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Summary : What are African religions? African Religions: A Very Short Introduction answers this question by examining primarily indigenous religious traditions on the African continent. It focuses on the diversity of people, ethnic groups, languages, cultures, ethos, and worldviews, keeping in mind the continent's regional diversity. Using a multidisciplinary methodological approach, Olupona examines a wide range of African religious traditions on their own terms as well as in their pluralistic social, cultural, and political contexts. Cultural and postcolonial interpretive frameworks benefit the discussion. For example, the book moves beyond ethnographic descriptions and interpretations of core beliefs and practices to look at how African religion has engaged issues of socioeconomic development and power relations. Sources for this book include archaeological and historical references. Additionally, Olupona uses ethnographic materials based on fieldwork collected through interviewsand participant observation, along with archival materials, including missionary records, which describe African religious practices. Though the emphasis is on native faith traditions, these are not static traditions. African religions have responded to changes within their local communities and to fluxes caused by outside influences. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects - from Islam to Sociology,Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative - yet always balanced and complete - discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

African Religions & Philosophy

African Religions & Philosophy
  • Author : John S. Mbiti,Mbiti
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  • Release Date :1990
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9780435895914
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Summary : "African Religions and Philosophy" is a systematic study of the attitudes of mind and belief that have evolved in the many societies of Africa. In this second edition, Dr Mbiti has updated his material to include the involvement of women in religion, and the potential unity to be found in what was once thought to be a mass of quite separate religions. Mbiti adds a new dimension to the understanding of the history, thinking, and life throughout the African continent. Religion is approached from an African point of view but is as accessible to readers who belong to non-African societies as it is to those who have grown up in African nations. Since its first publication, this book has become acknowledged as the standard work in the field of study, and it is essential reading for anyone concerned with African religion, history, philosophy, anthropology or general African studies.

Encyclopedia of African Religion

Encyclopedia of African Religion
  • Author : Molefi Kete Asante,Ama Mazama
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  • Release Date :2009
  • Total pages :866
  • ISBN : 1412936365
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Summary : Collects almost five hundred entries that cover the African response to spirituality, taboos, ethics, sacred space, and objects.

African Religions

African Religions
  • Author : Benjamin C. Ray
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  • Release Date :2000
  • Total pages :218
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Summary : This book presents a portrait of African religious history framed in the religious themes common to the rest of the world. It looks at the traditional religions that provided the philosophical, religious, and ethical basis of African culture. Focusing primarily on traditional African religions and their related myths, rituals, authorities , ethics , and artwork, the book also includes substantial treatment on nationalism, African Islam and Christianity. For anyone who wants to gain an understanding of the relationship between African religion and culture.

African Religions: Beliefs and Practices through History

African Religions: Beliefs and Practices through History
  • Author : Douglas Thomas,Temilola Alanamu
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  • Release Date :2018-12-31
  • Total pages :284
  • ISBN : 1610697529
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Summary : This book supplies fundamental information about the diverse religious beliefs of Africa, explains central tenets of the African worldview, and overviews various forms of African spiritual practices and experiences. • Presents approximately 100 alphabetically arranged entries written by a team of expert contributors • Overviews the plurality of African religious cultures and identifies the distant origins of African American religious experiences today • Includes primary documents discussing African religious beliefs and practices

New Trends and Developments in African Religions

New Trends and Developments in African Religions
  • Author : Reader in Modern History and Fellow Peter Clarke
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  • Release Date :1998
  • Total pages :309
  • ISBN : 9780313301285
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Summary : Chapters examine how African religions display themselves in the contemporary world and look at their continued dynamism and relationship with other religious traditions.

The African Religions of Brazil

The African Religions of Brazil
  • Author : Roger Bastide
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  • Release Date :2007-06-18
  • Total pages :494
  • ISBN : 9780801886249
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Summary : Written by one of France's most brilliant and creative anthropologists, The African Religions of Brazil is regarded as a classic in Afro-American studies. First published in France in 1960, the book represents a singular effort to develop a theory of the interpenetrations of African, European, Christian, and non-Christian cultures in Brazil from colonial times to the present. Addressing a remarkable range of topics—from mysticism and syncretism to the problems of collective memory, from the history of slavery in Brazil to world-wide race relations—the work is shaped by the author's rich and original conceptual framework. The result is a compelling study of the origins and growth of a native religious environment. The English translation is supplemented with a biographical foreword by Richard Price and a thematic introduction by Brazilian sociologist Duglas T. Monteiro.

Introduction to African Religion

Introduction to African Religion
  • Author : John S. Mbiti
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  • Release Date :1991
  • Total pages :216
  • ISBN : 9780435940027
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Summary : This popular introduction has been revised and updated to include a section on African proverbs, new photographs, and a fully expanded reading list.

Reclaiming African Religions in Trinidad

Reclaiming African Religions in Trinidad
  • Author : Frances Henry
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  • Release Date :2003
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 9789766401290
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Summary : Exploring various African religions as part of a cultural system, relevant to national identity in Trinidad, this text deals with the dynamic doctrinal and ideological changes that have occurred within the religions and documents the legislative and social acceptance of African religion.

Decolonizing African Religions

Decolonizing African Religions
  • Author : Okot p'Bitek
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  • Release Date :2011
  • Total pages :71
  • ISBN : 0966020154
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Summary : Introduction: decolonizing African philosophy and religion / Kwasi Wiredu -- 1. Social anthropology and colonialism -- 2. What is tribe? -- 3. The classical European world and Africa -- 4. Superstitions of western man -- 5. Studies in African religions, ca. 1970 -- 6. Dialogue with animism -- 7. Max Muller, the missionaries and African deities -- 8. What then is Jok? -- 9. Hellenization of African deities -- 1. De-Hellenizing the Christian God -- 11. Some conclusions

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions
  • Author : Elias Kifon Bongmba
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  • Release Date :2012-03-12
  • Total pages :616
  • ISBN : 1118255542
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Summary : The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions brings together a team of international scholars to create a single-volume resource on the religious beliefs and practices of the peoples in Africa. Offers broad coverage of issues relating to African religions, considering experiences in indigenous, Christian, and Islamic traditions across the continent Contributors are from a variety of fields, ensuring the volume offers multidisciplinary perspectives Explores methodological approaches to religion from anthropological, philosophical, and historical perspectives Provides insights into the historical developments in African religions, as well as contemporary issues such as the development of African-initiated churches, neo traditional religions, and Pentecostalism Discusses important topics at the intersection of culture and religion in Africa, including the arts, health, politics, globalization, gender relations, and the economy

African Traditional Religions in Contemporary Society

African Traditional Religions in Contemporary Society
  • Author : Jacob Olupona
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  • Release Date :1998-04-17
  • Total pages :204
  • ISBN : 9780892260799
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Indigeneity in African Religions

Indigeneity in African Religions
  • Author : Afe Adogame
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  • Release Date :2020-05-14
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 9781350008267
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Summary : Based on religious ethnography, in-depth interviews and use of archival sources, Indigeneity in African Religions is the first book to explore the historical origins, worldviews, cosmologies, ritual practice and symbolism of the indigenous Oza people in south-western Nigeria. In the context of enormous social, cultural, political, economic and religious change, the book provides crucial empirical insight. Engaging with methodological and theoretical questions that are relevant to the study of religion in Africa more broadly, Afe Adogame and Olusegun Lawani reveal the complexity of 'indigeneity' in the context of modern religious change in contemporary African milieus. The book contributes to the conceptual understanding of indigeneity, not as a static and stable signifier but as a highly dynamic and modern phenomenon. Topics covered include oral narratives, myths, music, songs, and dances. The authors explore the names, functions and symbolism of deities, ancestors and spirits in Oza indigenous society, as well as the rites of passage, and evil, sorcery and witchcraft. The final chapter looks ahead and critically explores the future of Oza indigeneity in the face of modernity.

The Historical Study of African Religion

The Historical Study of African Religion
  • Author : Terence O. Ranger,Isaria N. Kimambo
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  • Release Date :1976
  • Total pages :307
  • ISBN : 9780520031791
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African Religion in the Dialogue Debate

African Religion in the Dialogue Debate
  • Author : Laurenti Magesa
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  • Release Date :2010
  • Total pages :203
  • ISBN : 364390018X
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Summary : Dialogue between African Religion and other world religions has, regrettably, been a much neglected area in formal religious discourse in Africa to date. Moreover, up to now, the imperative of dialogue in the process of evangelism figures only peripherally - if at all - in the study of African Christian Theology. This book is probably the first deliberate, extensive and well-argued attempt by an African theologian to fill this unfortunate lacuna. How can Christian and African spiritualities interact with and enrich each other on the basis of mutual respect, without - as has historically been the case - the one necessarily seeking to eradicate the other? This is the fundamental question of dialogue discussed in the pages of this book. Dr. Laurenti Magesa is Senior Lecturer in African Theology at the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies and the Jesuit School of Theology, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

Fragments of Bone

Fragments of Bone
  • Author : Patrick Bellegarde-Smith
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  • Release Date :2005
  • Total pages :262
  • ISBN : 9780252029684
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Summary : Fragments of Bone discusses African religions as forms of resistance and survival in the face of Western cultural hegemony and imperialism. The collection is unique in presenting the voices of scholars primarily outside of the Western tradition, speaking on the issues they regard as important. Bellegarde-Smith, himself a priest in the Haitian Vodou religion, brings together thirteen contributors from different disciplines, genders, and nationalities. Fragments of Bone draws on an impressive range of sources including research, fieldwork, personal interviews, and spiritual introspection to support the provocative thesis that the fragments of the ancestral traditions are fluidly interwoven in the New World African religions as creolized rituals, symbolic systems, and cultural identities.

The Individual and Community in African Traditional Religions

The Individual and Community in African Traditional Religions
  • Author : Theo Sundermeier
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  • Release Date :1998
  • Total pages :258
  • ISBN : 9783894739379
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Summary : " ""The writer has done a careful, scholarly and sensitive and very positive and fair study of African religion, with particular reference to the individual and community. Theo Sundermeier lets Africa speak for itself and on its own terms and in its own categories. The concluding chapter is a necessary reading for all who would be on mission, who would seek to live the ecumenical imperative and care to ensure that the pursuit of a religion does not result in dehumanization and degradation and marginalization of the other person."" Rev. Canon Prof. John S. Pobee, World Council of Churches, Geneva/Switzerland ""This book treats the subject of African religions in a creative and interesting way emphasizing that these religions are genuine, authentic expressions of religiosity on a par with other religions including the so-called world religions. The author provides an excellent account of the nature interdependence between individual, community, society and the natural order, an interdependence which these religions symbolize and express in ritual and belief. Likewise the essentially personal nature of power as conceived in African culture is thoughfully and interestingly analysed. There are many other thought provoking ideas and interpretations in this volume including the deconstruction of the commonly held notions of the distinction between witchcraft and magic. This is a most worthwhile contribution to the study of Africa's traditional religions and I am convinced all those with an interest in Africa who read it will gain much therefrom"". Professor Peter B Clarke, Professor of the History and Sociology of Religion in the University of London at King's College, and formerly Professor of African History at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Theo Sundermeier is Professor of the History of Religion and Missiology at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. translated by Elaine Griffiths, Eleanor Jackson "

African Religion and Culture: Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

African Religion and Culture: Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide
  • Author : Oxford University Press
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  • Release Date :2010-06-01
  • Total pages :22
  • ISBN : 9780199808168
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Summary : This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of the ancient world find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated. This ebook is just one of many articles from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Atlantic History, a continuously updated and growing online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through the scholarship and other materials relevant to the study of Atlantic History, the study of the transnational interconnections between Europe, North America, South America, and Africa, particularly in the early modern and colonial period. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit www.oxfordbibliographies.com.

African Philosophy in Search of Identity

African Philosophy in Search of Identity
  • Author : D. A. Masolo
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  • Release Date :1994
  • Total pages :301
  • ISBN : 9780253207753
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Summary : " . . . a great read. It is masterfully presented, and is an ideal text both for advanced undergraduates and graduate students." --International Journal of African Historical Studies " . . . a detailed, critical guide to fifty years of African philosophy . . . " --Teaching Philosophy "Masolo offers an expansive and lucidly panoramic view of the origin and developments in African philosophy." --Africa Today "The excellence of this book lies in the wealth of perspectives that it brings to the discussion on what constitutes philosophy, rationality, and meaningful reflection. It is both thought provoking and illuminating." --Ethics A Kenyan philosopher surveys themes and debates in African philosophy over the last five decades. Masolo's purview includes Francophone and Anglophone philosophers in both the analytic and phenomenological traditions.

African Intellectual Heritage

African Intellectual Heritage
  • Author : Molefi Kete Asante,Abu Shardow Abarry
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  • Release Date :1996
  • Total pages :828
  • ISBN : 9781566394031
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Summary : Organized by major themes—such as creation stories, and resistance to oppression—this collection gather works of imagination, politics and history, religion, and culture from many societies and across recorded time. Asante and Abarry marshal together ancient, anonymous writers whose texts were originally written on stone and papyri and the well-known public figures of more recent times whose spoken and written words have shaped the intellectual history of the diaspora. Within this remarkably wide-ranging volume are such sources as prayers and praise songs from ancient Kemet and Ethiopia along with African American spirituals; political commentary from C.L.R. James, Malcolm X, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Joseph Nyerere; stirring calls for social justice from David Walker, Abdias Nacimento, Franzo Fanon, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring newly translated texts and ocuments published for the first time, the volume also includes an African chronology, a glossary, and an extensive bibliography. With this landmark book, Asante and Abarry offer a major contribution to the ongoing debates on defining the African canon. Author note:Molefi Kete Asanteis Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Temple University and author of several books, includingThe Afrocentric Idea(Temple) andThe Historical and Cultural Atlas of African Americans.Abu S. Abarryis Assistant Chair of African American Studies at Temple University.