African Religions

African Religions
Author: Jacob K. Olupona
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 0199790582
ISBN 13: 9780199790586
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

African Religions Book Review:

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 Sources for this book include archaeological and historical references.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
Publsiher: Heinemann
Total Pages: 288
Release: 1990
ISBN 10: 9780435895914
ISBN 13: 0435895915
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

African Religions Philosophy Book Review:

"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
Publsiher: SAGE
Total Pages: 866
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 1412936365
ISBN 13: 9781412936361
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of African Religion Book Review:

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

Religions in Contemporary Africa

Religions in Contemporary Africa
Author: Laura S. Grillo,Adriaan van Klinken,Hassan J. Ndzovu
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2019-03-28
ISBN 10: 1351260707
ISBN 13: 9781351260701
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religions in Contemporary Africa Book Review:

Religions in Contemporary Africa is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the three main religious traditions on the African continent, African indigenous religions, Christianity and Islam. The book provides a historical overview of these important traditions and focuses on the roles they play in African societies today. It includes social, cultural and political case studies from across the continent on the following topical issues: Witchcraft and modernity Power and politics Conflict and peace Media and popular culture Development Human rights Illness and health Gender and sexuality With suggestions for further reading, discussion questions, illustrations and a list of glossary terms this is the ideal textbook for students in religion, African studies and adjacent fields approaching this subject area for the first time.

African Religions

African Religions
Author: Benjamin C. Ray
Publsiher: Pearson College Division
Total Pages: 218
Release: 2000
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015074055677
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

African Religions Book Review:

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.

Introduction to African Religion

Introduction to African Religion
Author: John S. Mbiti
Publsiher: Heinemann
Total Pages: 216
Release: 1991
ISBN 10: 9780435940027
ISBN 13: 0435940023
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Introduction to African Religion Book Review:

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

Contextualizing Eschatology in African Cultural and Religious Beliefs

Contextualizing Eschatology in African Cultural and Religious Beliefs
Author: Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 116
Release: 2019-10-21
ISBN 10: 1351032968
ISBN 13: 9781351032964
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contextualizing Eschatology in African Cultural and Religious Beliefs Book Review:

Contextualizing Eschatology in African Cultural and Religious Beliefs addresses the African consciousness and nuances of eschatological beliefs as part and parcel of the holistic African Indigenous worldviews within the context of the people's traditional heritage. The concept of eschatology is usually explained from the perspective of "endtimes" in relation to either the human individual or the cosmos. Within these contexts, the primary interests, particularly with regard to human eschatology, have centred on the questions of death, afterlife, immortality, destiny, judgment, reward and punishment, and the final destination or eternal "home" of humans. This book explores the characteristic nature, the modes, the process as well as the dynamics associated with the various features culminating the functional expression of the "reality" of eschatological beliefs demonstrated in varied but fundamentally the same subject matter of practices among different African ethnic groups. It also discusses the influences of other religious traditions, particularly Christianity and Islam, on contemporary African eschatological thoughts and their attendant consequences. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of African studies, eschatology, religious studies, and the philosophy of religion.

African American Religious Studies

African American Religious Studies
Author: Gayraud S. Wilmore
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 468
Release: 1989
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015040127071
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

African American Religious Studies Book Review:

Readings from a course taught by Wilmore (Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta) at New York Theological Seminary. The book develops a coherent, interdisciplinary theory of the black religious experience in America for use by students preparing for the ministry, and to guide them in communicating that experience to lay people. Cloth edition not seen. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

African Religions Beliefs and Practices through History

African Religions  Beliefs and Practices through History
Author: Douglas Thomas,Temilola Alanamu
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2018-12-31
ISBN 10: 1610697529
ISBN 13: 9781610697521
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

African Religions Beliefs and Practices through History Book Review:

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

Introduction to African Religion

Introduction to African Religion
Author: John S. Mbiti
Publsiher: Waveland Press
Total Pages: 215
Release: 2015-01-14
ISBN 10: 1478628928
ISBN 13: 9781478628927
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Introduction to African Religion Book Review:

In his widely acclaimed survey, John Mbiti sheds light on the survival and prosperity of African Religion in different historical, geographical, sociological, cultural, and physical environments. He presents a constellation of African worldviews, beliefs in God, use of symbols, valued traditions, and practices that have taken root with African peoples throughout the vast continent. Mbiti’s accessible writing style sympathetically portrays how African Religion manifests itself in ritual, festival, healing, the human life cycle, and interplay with the mystical and invisible world. The account embraces foundational traditions, while touching on elements that spawn transitions, including migration, the spread of Christianity and Islam, political-economic development, and modern communication. This popular introduction leaves readers with informed knowledge of the riches of African heritage.

African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa

African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa
Author: Dr Afe Adogame,Dr Bolaji Bateye,Professor Ezra Chitando
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 278
Release: 2013-06-28
ISBN 10: 1409481786
ISBN 13: 9781409481782
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa Book Review:

The historiography of African religions and religions in Africa presents a remarkable shift from the study of 'Africa as Object' to 'Africa as Subject', thus translating the subject from obscurity into the global community of the academic study of religion. This book presents a unique multidisciplinary exploration of African traditions in the study of religion in Africa and the new African diaspora. The book is structured under three main sections - Emerging trends in the teaching of African Religions; Indigenous Thought and Spirituality; and Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. Contributors drawn from diverse African and global contexts situate current scholarly traditions of the study of African religions within the purview of academic encounter and exchanges with non-African scholars and non-African contexts. African scholars enrich the study of religions from their respective academic and methodological orientations. Jacob Kehinde Olupona stands out as a pioneer in the socio-scientific interpretation of African indigenous religion and religions in Africa. This book is to his honour and marks his immense contribution to an emerging field of study and research.

Religions of South Africa Routledge Revivals

Religions of South Africa  Routledge Revivals
Author: David Chidester
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 286
Release: 2014-06-27
ISBN 10: 1317649877
ISBN 13: 9781317649878
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religions of South Africa Routledge Revivals Book Review:

First published in 1992, this title explores the religious diversity of South Africa, organizing it into a single coherent narrative and providing the first comparative study and introduction to the topic. David Chidester emphasizes the fact that the complex distinctive character of South African religious life has taken shape with a particular economic, social and political context, and pays special attention to the creativity of people who have suffered under conquest, colonialism and apartheid. With an overview of African traditional religion, Christian missions, and African innovations during the nineteenth century, this reissue will be of great value to students of religious studies, South African history, anthropology, sociology, and political studies.

The African Religions of Brazil

The African Religions of Brazil
Author: Roger Bastide
Publsiher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 494
Release: 2007-06-18
ISBN 10: 9780801886249
ISBN 13: 0801886244
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The African Religions of Brazil Book Review:

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.

Elements of African Traditional Religion

Elements of African Traditional Religion
Author: Elia Shabani Mligo
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 132
Release: 2013-08-02
ISBN 10: 1621898245
ISBN 13: 9781621898245
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Elements of African Traditional Religion Book Review:

African Traditional religion (ATR) is one of the world religions with a great people and a great past. It is embraced by Africans within and outside the continent despite the various ethnic religious practices and beliefs. This book highlights and discusses the common elements which introduce African Traditional Religion as one unified religion and not a collection of religions. The major focus of the book is discussing the need for studying ATR in twenty-first-century Africa whereby globalization and multi-culture are prominent phenomena. Why should we study the religion of indigenous Africans in this age? In response to this question, the book argues that since ATR is part of the African people's culture, there is a need to understand this cultural background in order to contextualize Christian theology. Using some illustrations from Nyumbanitu worship shrine located at Njombe in Tanzania, the book purports that there is a need to understand African people's worldview, their understanding of God, their religious values, symbols and rituals in order to enhance meaningful dialogue between Christianity and African people's current worldview. In this case, the book is important for students of comparative religion in universities and colleges who strive to understand the various religions and their practices.

African Religions in Western Conceptual Schemes

African Religions in Western Conceptual Schemes
Author: Emefie Ikenga Metuh
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 176
Release: 1985
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: STANFORD:36105038241142
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

African Religions in Western Conceptual Schemes Book Review:

The African Diaspora and the Study of Religion

The African Diaspora and the Study of Religion
Author: T. Trost
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2007-12-25
ISBN 10: 0230609937
ISBN 13: 9780230609938
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The African Diaspora and the Study of Religion Book Review:

This book focuses on the location of the religious heritage of Africa within the academic study of religion - including indigenous African religions, African Christianities, African/American forms of Islam, the religions of African Americans, Afro-Caribbean religions, and Afro-Brazilian religions.

African Traditional Religion versus Christianity

African Traditional Religion versus Christianity
Author: Dmitry Usenco
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 156
Release: 2020-06-02
ISBN 10: 1725271621
ISBN 13: 9781725271623
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

African Traditional Religion versus Christianity Book Review:

Breaking away from the centuries-long theological tradition, Dmitry Usenco offers a radically new--semiotic--reading of spirituality, proceeding on his original theory of the initial cultural unity that embraces language, technology, and religion. African Traditional Religion comes into focus as a valid alternative and--in the long run--an equal partner to Christianity in the creation of a modern pluralistic society. While the author's concepts and conclusions may seem controversial to some, none of the readers can discard them as irrelevant. Africa's future will in many respects depend on her ability to preserve her cultural heritage in which religion plays a crucial part.

Afro Caribbean Religions

Afro Caribbean Religions
Author: Nathaniel Samuel Murrell
Publsiher: Temple University Press
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2010-01-25
ISBN 10: 1439901759
ISBN 13: 9781439901755
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Afro Caribbean Religions Book Review:

Religion is one of the most important elements of Afro-Caribbean culture linking its people to their African past, from Haitian Vodou and Cuban Santeria—popular religions that have often been demonized in popular culture—to Rastafari in Jamaica and Orisha-Shango of Trinidad and Tobago. In Afro-Caribbean Religions, Nathaniel Samuel Murrell provides a comprehensive study that respectfully traces the social, historical, and political contexts of these religions. And, because Brazil has the largest African population in the world outside of Africa, and has historic ties to the Caribbean, Murrell includes a section on Candomble, Umbanda, Xango, and Batique. This accessibly written introduction to Afro-Caribbean religions examines the cultural traditions and transformations of all of the African-derived religions of the Caribbean along with their cosmology, beliefs, cultic structures, and ritual practices. Ideal for classroom use, Afro-Caribbean Religions also includes a glossary defining unfamiliar terms and identifying key figures.

Contemporary Perspectives on Religions in Africa and the African Diaspora

Contemporary Perspectives on Religions in Africa and the African Diaspora
Author: Carolyn M. Jones Medine,Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe,Hans D Seibel
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 285
Release: 2015-10-14
ISBN 10: 1137498056
ISBN 13: 9781137498052
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contemporary Perspectives on Religions in Africa and the African Diaspora Book Review:

Contemporary Perspectives on Religions in Africa and the African Diaspora explores African derived religions in a globalized world. The volume focuses on the continent, on African identity in globalization, and on African religion in cultural change.

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to African Religions

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to African Religions
Author: Elias Kifon Bongmba
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 628
Release: 2012-05-21
ISBN 10: 1405196904
ISBN 13: 9781405196901
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to African Religions Book Review:

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