Religious Encounter and the Making of the Yoruba / Edition 1 available in Paperback
In this magisterial book, J. D. Y. Peel contends that it is through their encounter with Christian missions in the mid-19th century that the Yoruba came to know themselves as a distinctive people. Peel’s detailed study of the encounter is based on the rich archives of the Anglican Church Missionary Society, which contain the journals written by the African agents of mission, who, as the first generation of literate Yoruba, played a key role in shaping modern Yoruba consciousness. This distinguished book pays special attention to the experiences of ordinary men and women and shows how the process of Christian conversion transformed Christianity into something more deeply Yoruba.
About the Author
J. D. Y Peel is on the faculty of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He is author of Aladura and Ijeshas and Nigerians, for which he won the Herskovits Award. He has been editor of Africa and is former president of the African Studies Association of the United Kingdom.
Table of Contents
Preliminary Table of Contents:
1. Narratives of Religion and of Empire
2. Yorubaland at War
3. Living in an Age of Confusion
4. Making Country Fashion
5. The Mission and the Powers
6. Preaching the Word
7. Engaging with Islam
8. The Path to Conversion
9. Leaf Becomes Soap
10. The Making of the Yoruba
11. Looking Back
Sources and References
What People are Saying About This
[T]his is scholarship of the highest quality. . . . Peel lifts the Yoruba past to a dimension of comparative seriousness that no one else has managed. . . . The book teems with ideas . . . about big and compelling matters of very wide interest.
. . . a magnificent excursion into Yoruba religious history of the nineteenth century.