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Black Religion and the Imagination of Matter in the Atlantic World

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This book situates the study of Black Religion within the modern temporal and historical structures whose geographical contours are the Atlantic World. It describes how black people and Black Religion made a phenomenological appearance in modernity simultaneously and were signified in the identity formation of whites and their religion. James A. Noel accounts for these new identity formations, religious-social practices, and their accompanying epistemological orientations by describing the non-reciprocal contacts...

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Overview

This book situates the study of Black Religion within the modern temporal and historical structures whose geographical contours are the Atlantic World. It describes how black people and Black Religion made a phenomenological appearance in modernity simultaneously and were signified in the identity formation of whites and their religion. James A. Noel accounts for these new identity formations, religious-social practices, and their accompanying epistemological orientations by describing the non-reciprocal contacts and exchanges from which ensued new modes of materiality and imagining matter. Black Religion is shown to represent an alternative epistemological mode of imagining matter and a critique of both white Christianity and the Enlightenment.

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“In Black Religion and the Imagination of Matter in the Atlantic World, Noel engages wide-ranging theoretical and disciplinary frameworks (comparative religions, historical, phenomenological, philosophical, theological, sociological, textual/hermeneutical) to distill from diverse thoughts and analytical lenses a new interdisciplinary approach to the study of Black Atlantic religious experience…I suspect that Noel’s volume will have a definitive impact upon the field of Black religious studies for many years to come. It will be the one text that scholars of religion might use to cover Black religious experience while simultaneously teaching religious studies theory and methodology.”—Dianne M. Stewart, Associate Professor of Religion, Emory University
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Meet the Author

James A. Noel is Professor of American Religion and H. Eugene Farlough Chair of African American Christianity at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

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Table of Contents

Studying Black Religion: Contacts/Exchanges and Continuities/Discontinuities
• The Age of Discovery and the Emergence of the Atlantic World
• The Imaginiation of Matter in the Atlantic World's Political Economy
• Being, Nothingness, and "The Signification of Silence" in Black Religious Consciousness
• Epistemologies Opaque: Conjuring, Conjecture, and the Problem of Nat Turbaner's Biblical Hermeneutic
• The Mulatto
• "The Signification of Silence" Revisited: Black Art and Hermeneutics
• The Meaning of the Moan and Significance of the Shout in Black Worship and Culture and Memory and Hope
• The Salsa/Jazz/Blues Idiom and Creolization in the Atlantic World

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