"This book will be very useful for courses in the study of religious autobiography...Highly recommended." - Choice"Hart is an original thinker. In this new book, he challenges and subverts the prevailing narrative about Black Religion, namely, that it is essentially Protestant Christianity in blackface, by presenting a constructive reading of the autobiographies of three black figures whose spiritual journeys led them away from Protestant roots to embrace, respectively, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism. He traces conjunctions and disjunctions between the lives of Malcolm X, Julius Lester, and Jan Willis - figures he artfully characterizes as 'Afro-Eccentric' - adding a Coda describing his perspective as author that articulates one of the most brilliant accounts of religion anywhere. By so doing, Hart revises and expands the scope of the very term Black Religion in a profoundly sophisticated way. The richness, breadth, and depth of Hart s intellect radiate from every page." - Melvin K. H. Peters, Professor of Religion, Duke University"Hart s 'Afro-Eccentric' readings of Malcolm X, Julius Lester, and Jan Willis offer not only a fascinating trope for interpreting Black Religion, his readings mark a distinctive and singular point of departure into the varieties of African American religious experience. Surpassing the most current scholarship on the deployment of religious autobiography and black religious experience, Hart s Afro-Eccentric readings set a new rigorous standard for the interpretation of difference in black religious hermeneutics. A novel force to be reckoned with for a very long time to come." - Victor Anderson, Professor of Christian Ethics, Vanderbilt Divinity School"Every now and then an iconoclastic, and deeply personal voice, breaks through to challenge dominant stories within a field. I believe William Hart's latest book, Black Religion, does exactly that." - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy
Black Religion: Malcolm X, Julius Lester, and Jan Willisby W. Hart
This book explores the spiritual dimensions (political, racial, sexual, and violent) of Malcolm X's journey from Christianity to Islam, Julius Lester's journey from Christianity to Judaism, and Jan Willis's journey from Christianity to Buddhism.
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William David Hart is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He is the author of Edward Said and the Religious Effects of Culture.
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