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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 Sources for this book include archaeological and historical references.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.

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Genre: History
Author: Jacob K. Olupona
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2014
File: 152 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780199790586

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"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.

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Genre: Religion
Author: John S. Mbiti
Publisher: Heinemann
Release: 1990
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 0435895915

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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.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Benjamin C. Ray
Publisher: Pearson College Division
Release: 2000
File: 218 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015074055677

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Collects almost five hundred entries that cover the African response to spirituality, taboos, ethics, sacred space, and objects.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Molefi Kete Asante
Publisher: SAGE
Release: 2009
File: 866 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781412936361

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Author: Douglas Thomas
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
Release: 2016-02-28
File: 426 Pages
ISBN-13: 1610697510

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Chapters examine how African religions display themselves in the contemporary world and look at their continued dynamism and relationship with other religious traditions.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Reader in Modern History and Fellow Peter Clarke
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release: 1998
File: 309 Pages
ISBN-13: 031330128X

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This popular introduction has been revised and updated to include a section on African proverbs, new photographs, and a fully expanded reading list.

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Genre: Religion
Author: John S. Mbiti
Publisher: Heinemann
Release: 1991
File: 216 Pages
ISBN-13: 0435940023

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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.

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Genre: Nature
Author: Roger Bastide
Publisher: JHU Press
Release: 2007-06-18
File: 494 Pages
ISBN-13: 0801886244

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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.

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Genre: History
Author: Frances Henry
Publisher: University of West Indies Press
Release: 2003
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 9766401292

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" ""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 "

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Genre: Religion
Author: Theo Sundermeier
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
Release: 1998
File: 258 Pages
ISBN-13: 3894739371

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