African Religions   Philosophy Book
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African Religions Philosophy


  • Author : John S. Mbiti
  • Publisher : Heinemann
  • Release Date : 1990
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 0435895915

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African Religions Philosophy Excerpt :

"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.

African Religions Book

African Religions


  • Author : Jacob K. Olupona
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 177
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199790586

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African Religions Excerpt :

This book connects traditional religions to the thriving religious activity in Africa today.

Encyclopedia of African Religion Book

Encyclopedia of African Religion


  • Author : Molefi Kete Asante
  • Publisher : SAGE
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 473
  • ISBN 10 : 9781412936361

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Encyclopedia of African Religion Excerpt :

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

Introduction to African Religion Book
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Introduction to African Religion


  • Author : John S. Mbiti
  • Publisher : Waveland Press
  • Release Date : 2015-01-14
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 215
  • ISBN 10 : 9781478628927

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Introduction to African Religion Excerpt :

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.

Religions in Contemporary Africa Book

Religions in Contemporary Africa


  • Author : Laura S. Grillo
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-03-28
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351260701

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Religions in Contemporary Africa Excerpt :

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  Beliefs and Practices through History Book

African Religions Beliefs and Practices through History


  • Author : Douglas Thomas
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release Date : 2018-12-31
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN 10 : 9781610697521

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African Religions Beliefs and Practices through History Excerpt :

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 Book
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New Trends and Developments in African Religions


  • Author : Reader in Modern History and Fellow Peter Clarke
  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 332
  • ISBN 10 : 031330128X

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New Trends and Developments in African Religions Excerpt :

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

Indigeneity in African Religions Book

Indigeneity in African Religions


  • Author : Afe Adogame
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2021-11-18
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350008274

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Indigeneity in African Religions Excerpt :

Based on religious ethnography, in-depth interviews and archival data, Indigeneity in African Religions explores the historical origins, worldviews, cosmologies, ritual symbolism and praxis of the indigenous Oza people in South West Nigeria. The author's locationality and positionality plugs the book within decolonizing knowledges and indigeneity discourses, thus unpacking the complexity of “indigeneity” and contributing to its conceptual understanding within socioreligious change in contemporary Africa. The future of Oza indigeneity in the face of modernity is illuminated against the backlash of encounters, contestations with multiple hegemonies, transmissions of Christianity and Islam and indigenous (re)appropriations. Thus, any theorizations of such encounters must be cognizant of instantiations of indigeneity politics and identity, culture, tradition and power dynamics. Through decolonizing burdens of history, memory and method, Afe Adogame demonstrates a framework of understanding Oza indigenous religious,sociocultural and political imaginaries.

Decolonizing African Religions Book

Decolonizing African Religions


  • Author : Okot p'Bitek
  • Publisher : Diasporic Africa Press
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9780966020151

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Decolonizing African Religions Excerpt :

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 Book

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to African Religions


  • Author : Elias Kifon Bongmba
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2012-03-12
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 616
  • ISBN 10 : 9781118255544

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The Wiley Blackwell Companion to African Religions Excerpt :

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

Indigeneity in African Religions Book

Indigeneity in African Religions


  • Author : Afe Adogame
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2021-11-18
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350008281

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Indigeneity in African Religions Excerpt :

Based on religious ethnography, in-depth interviews and archival data, Indigeneity in African Religions explores the historical origins, worldviews, cosmologies, ritual symbolism and praxis of the indigenous Oza people in South West Nigeria. The author's locationality and positionality plugs the book within decolonizing knowledges and indigeneity discourses, thus unpacking the complexity of “indigeneity” and contributing to its conceptual understanding within socioreligious change in contemporary Africa. The future of Oza indigeneity in the face of modernity is illuminated against the backlash of encounters, contestations with multiple hegemonies, transmissions of Christianity and Islam and indigenous (re)appropriations. Thus, any theorizations of such encounters must be cognizant of instantiations of indigeneity politics and identity, culture, tradition and power dynamics. Through decolonizing burdens of history, memory and method, Afe Adogame demonstrates a framework of understanding Oza indigenous religious,sociocultural and political imaginaries.

Shrines in Africa Book

Shrines in Africa


  • Author : Allan Charles Dawson
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015080753539

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Shrines in Africa Excerpt :

In the African context, shrines are cultural signposts that help one understand and read the ethnic, territorial, and social lay of the land. The contributions gathered here by Allan Charles Dawson demonstrate how African shrines help to define ethnic boundaries, shape group identity, and symbolically articulate a society's connection with the land it occupies. Shrines are physical manifestations of a group's claim to a particular piece of land and are thus markers of identity - they represent, both figuratively and literally, a community's 'roots' in the land it works and lives on. The shrine is representative of a connection with the land at the cosmological and supernatural level and, in terms of a community's or ethnic group's claim to cultivable territory, serves as a reminder to outsiders of ownership. Shrines in Africa explores how African shrines, in all their variable and diverse forms, are more than just spiritual vessels or points of worship - they are powerful symbols of ethnic solidarity, group cohesion, and knowledge about the landscape. Moreover, in ways subtle and nuanced, shrines represent ideas about legitimacy and authenticity in the context of the post-colonial African state.

African Religions Book

African Religions


  • Author : Benjamin C. Ray
  • Publisher : Pearson College Division
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015074055677

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African Religions Excerpt :

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.