The anthropology and history of African American religious formations has long been dominated by approaches aiming to recover and authenticate the historical transatlantic continuities linking such traditions to identifiable African source cultures. While not denying such continuities, the contributors to this volume seek to transcend this research agenda by bracketing “Africa” and “African pasts” as objective givens, and asking instead what role notions of “Africanity” and “pastfulness” play in the social and ritual lives of historical and contemporary practitioners of Afro-Atlantic religious formations. The volume’s goal is to open up contextually salient claims to “African origins” to empirical scrutiny, and so contribute to a broadening of the terms of debate in Afro-Atlantic studies.
Africas of the Americas
by Albert Kafui Wuaku (Florida International University, Miami, USA)
In Hindu Gods in West Africa, Wuaku offers an analytical account of the histories, beliefs and practices of the Hindu Monastery of Africa and the Radha Govinda Temple, two of Ghana's emmerging Hindu Temples.
By Tomas Sundnes Drønen (School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway)
The global aspects of the new Pentecostal churches in northern Cameroon are in this volume discussed through descriptions of the movement's relationship with mainline churches, traditional religion, and Islam.
by Hilde Nielssen
Exploring the rich world of tromba spirit possession in eastern Madagascar, this book offers a fresh perspective on questions of how rituals work and how they affect and constitute human realities.
by Anthony A. Lee
One million Baha'is live in africa. This is the first academic volume to explore the history of this movement on the continent. The book discusses the diverse and contractivory American, Iranian, British, and African contributions to this new religious movement.
Maria Frahm-Arp, St. Augustine College, Johannesburg, South Africa
This book offers an exploration into the interconnections between career success and religiosity as it examines the role of Pentecostal Charismatic Christianity in the work experiences of young, professional, black women who are becoming part of the post-apartheid South African middle class.
By Ludovic Lado
Through an ethnographic study of a Charismatic movement in Cameroon and Paris, the book explores the dialectics between ‘Pentecostalization’ and ‘Africanization’ within contemporary African Catholicism. It appears that both processes pursue, although for different purposes, the missionary policy ...
Edited by Felicitas Becker and Wenzel Geissler
This volume explores, through anthropological and historical case studies from different parts of Africa, how AIDS is understood, confronted and lived with through religious ideas and practices, and how these, in turn, are reinterpreted and changed by the experience of AIDS.
Through oral history research in Congo this book studies the reconfiguration of Christian identity during migration. It examines the intersection of contemporary influences upon group expressions of identity. It demonstrates how religious affiliation aids a sense of belonging.
A history of the Anglican diocese of Mashonaland/Southern Rhodesia, 1890-925, which provides a fresh general narrative and a particular study of the church's work with white settlers and their religion, examined against both an imperial and a world-wide ecclesiastical background.
Edited by Hans de Wit and Gerald O. West
Addressing an urgent and deeply felt need for more dialogue between interpreters of the Bible from radically different contexts, this book reflects in a comprehensive and existential manner on how to establish new alliances, how to learn from each other, and how to read Scripture in a manner ...
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