The New Black Gods: Arthur Huff Fauset and the Study of African American Religions [NOOK Book]

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Taking the influential work of Arthur Huff Fauset as a starting point to
break down the false dichotomy that exists between mainstream and marginal, a new
generation of scholars offers fresh ideas for understanding the religious
expressions of African Americans in the United States. Fauset's 1944 classic, ...

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The New Black Gods: Arthur Huff Fauset and the Study of African American Religions

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Overview

Taking the influential work of Arthur Huff Fauset as a starting point to
break down the false dichotomy that exists between mainstream and marginal, a new
generation of scholars offers fresh ideas for understanding the religious
expressions of African Americans in the United States. Fauset's 1944 classic, Black
Gods of the Metropolis, launched original methods and theories for thinking about
African American religions as modern, cosmopolitan, and democratic. The essays in
this collection show the diversity of African American religion in the wake of the
Great Migration and consider the full field of African American religion from
Pentecostalism to Black Judaism, Black Islam, and Father Divine's Peace Mission
Movement. As a whole, they create a dynamic, humanistic, and thoroughly
interdisciplinary understanding of African American religious history and life. This
book is essential reading for anyone who studies the African American
experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253004086
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 4/23/2009
  • Series: Religion in North America
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 450 KB

Meet the Author

Edward E. Curtis IV is Millennium Scholar of the Liberal Arts and
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at Indiana
University--Purdue University Indianapolis. He is author of Islam in Black America
and Black Muslim Religion in the Nation of Islam, 1960--1975. He is editor of the
Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States.

Danielle
Brune Sigler is Curator of Academic Affairs at the Harry Ransom Center at The
University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword by Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J.
Stein
Acknowledgments

Introduction / Edward E. Curtis IV
and Danielle Brune Sigler

Part 1. New Religious Movement(s) of the
Great Migration Era
1. Fauset's (Missing) Pentecostals: Church Mothers,
Remaking Respectability, and Religious Modernism / Clarence Hardy
2.
"Grace Has Given God a Vacation": The History and Development of the Theology of the
United House of Prayer of All People / Danielle Brune Sigler
3. "Chased
out of Palestine": Prophet Cherry's Church of God and Early Black Judaisms in the
United States / Nora L. Rubel
4. Debating the Origins of the Moorish
Science Temple: Toward a New Cultural History / Edward E. Curtis IV
5.
"The Consciousness of God's Presence Will Keep You Well, Healthy, Happy, and
Singing": The Tradition of Innovation in the Music of Father Divine's Peace Mission
Movement / Leonard Norman Primiano
6. "A True Moslem Is a True
Spiritualist": Black Orientalism and Black Gods of the Metropolis / Jacob S.
Dorman

Part 2. Resurrecting Fauset's Vision for African American
Religious Studies
7. Religion Proper and Proper Religion: Arthur Fauset
and the Study of African American Religions / Sylvester A. Johnson
8. The
Perpetual Primitive in African American Religious Historiography / Kathryn
Lofton
9. Turning African Americans into Rational Actors: The Important
Legacy of Fauset's Functionalism / Carolyn Rouse
10. Defining the "Negro
Problem" in Brazil: The Shifting Significance of Brazil's African Heritage from the
1890s to the 1940s / Kelly E. Hayes
11. Fauset and His Black Gods:
Intersections with the Herskovits-Frazier Debate / Stephen W.
Angell

List of Contributors
Index

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