Varieties Of African American Religious Experience

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Overview

Anthony Pinn's engrossing survey highlights the rich diversity of black religious life in America, revealing expressions of an ever-changing black religious quest in four non-Christian religious movements. Based on extensive research, travel, and interviews - and embellished with photos, bibliographies, and case studies - Pinn's work provides a fascinating look especially at Voodoo, Santeria, the Nation of Islam, and Black Humanism in the United States. Focusing less on institutional and doctrinal history and more on the varied popular religious practices and sites, his volume highlights, for example, the influence of Caribbean religions in the United States, practices of divination and healing, the surge of black Muslim religion, the emergence of black humanism, and the religious influence and ethical practices of black women.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800629946
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/5/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,342,071
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Note on Orthography
Introduction: Theology and the Canon of Black Religion Rethought 1
1 Serving the Loa: Vodou, Voodoo, and the Voodoo Spiritual Temple 11
2 Ashe! Santeria, Orisha-Voodoo, and Oyotunji African Village 56
3 The Great Mahdi Has Come! Islam, Nation of Islam, and the Minneapolis Study Group 104
4 What if God Were One of Us? Humanism and African Americans for Humanism 154
5 How Do We Talk about Religion? Religious Experience, Cultural Memory, and Theological Method 186
Notes 200
Bibliography 230
Index 239
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