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African immigration to North America has been rapidly increasing. Yet, little has been written about this significant group of immigrants and the particular religious traditions that they are transplanting on our shores, as scholars continue largely to focus instead on immigrants from Europe and Asia.

African Immigrant Religions in America focuses on new understandings and insights concerning the presence and relevance of African immigrant religious communities in the United States. It explores the profound significance of religion in the lives of immigrants and the relevance of these growing communities for U.S. social life. It describes key social and historical aspects of African immigrant religion in the U.S. and builds a conceptual framework for theory and analysis.

The volume broadens our understandings of the ways in which new immigration is changing the face of Christianity in the U.S. and adds needed breadth to the study of the black church, incorporating the experiences of African immigrant religious communities in America.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
African Immigrant Religions in America . . . is a very important book, which has wide implications for sociology of immigration, race, ethnicity, gender, and international studies, in addition to religion. They compile an impressive and diverse array of experts on African immigrant religious communities.”

-Sociology of Religion

African Immigrant Religions in America is a significant contribution, laying the foundation for what promises to be a rich field of study.”

-Peter Pham,James Madison University

“An excellent collection of essays. . . . Highly recommended.”

“A masterful study of the role African immigrants play in shaping religion in the United States and Canada. This significant publication should be required reading for all those interested in understanding the links between ethnicity, transnationalism, and religion.”
-Tite Tienou,Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois

“This book challenges scholars to go beyond traditional explanations of migration from Africa . . . ”
-Journal of American Academy of Religion

“A much needed scholarly study of first—generation African immigrants who have come voluntarily to America for the first time. In their search for better opportunities they have brought with them a wide diversity of religious and moral traditions as their legacy to the cultural life of this nation. This book will be a necessary resource for all who study contemporary religions in America.”
-Peter J. Paris,Princeton Theological Seminary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814762127
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacob K. Olupona is Professor of African and African American studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Professor of African Religious Traditions, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University. His publications include African Traditional Religions in Contemporary Society; African Spirituality: Forms, Meanings, and Expressions; and Beyond Primitivism: Indigenous Religions and Modernity.

Regina Gemignani is a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis.

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Table of Contents

Jacob K. Olupona and Regina Gemignani
I. Historical and Theoretical Perspectives
1. Communities of Believers: Exploring African Immigrant Religion in the United States
Jacob K. Olupona
2. African Immigrant Churches in the United States and the Study of Black Church History
David D. Daniels
3. The Andrew Syndrome
Ogbu M.Kalu
II. Reverse Mission
4. Non-Western Christianity in the Western World
Akintunde Akinade
5. Portable Faith
Elias Bongmba
III. Gender, Ethnicity, and Identity
6. Gender, Identity, and Power in African Immigrant Evangelical Churches
Regina Gemignani
7. Gender and Change in an African Immigrant Church
Deidre Helen Crumbley and Gloria Malake Cline-Smythe
8. West African Muslims in America
Linda Beck
9. African Religious Beliefs and Practices in Diaspora
Worku Nida
IV. Civic Engagement and Political Incorporation
10. Transnationalism, Religion, and the African Diaspora in Canada
Wisdom J. Tettey
11. Singing the Lord’s Song in a Foreign Land
Moses Biney
12. African Immigrant Churches and the New Christian Right
Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome
13. African Muslims in the United States
14. Conclusion
Jacob K. Olupona and Regina Gemignani

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