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Unraveling and Reweaving Sacred Canon in Africana Womanhood by Rosetta E. Ross

In this collection, continental and diasporan African women interrogate the concept “sacred text” and analyze ways oral and written religious “texts” intersect with violence against African-descended women and girls. While the sanctioned idea of a sacred text is written literature, this project interrupts that conception by drawing attention to speech and other embodied practices that have sacral authority within the social imaginary. As a volume focused on religion and violence, essays in this collection analyze religions’ authorization of violence against women and girls; contest the legitimacy of some religious “texts”; and affirm other writing, especially memoir, as redemptive. Unraveling and Reweaving Sacred Canon in Africana Womanhood arises from three years of conversation of continental and diasporan women, most recently continued in the July 6-10, 2014 Consultation of African and African Disaporan Women in Religion and Theology and privileges experiences and contexts of continental and diasporan African women and girls. Interlocutors include African traditionalists, Christian Protestants and Catholics, Muslims, and women embodying hybrid practices of these and other traditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498518215
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Series: Feminist Studies and Sacred Texts Series
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rosetta E. Ross is professor of religion at Spelman College.

Rose Mary Amenga-Etego is senior lecturer in religious studies at the Department for the Study of Religions, University of Ghana, Legon.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Continental and Diasporan African Women Engage Each Other and Sacred Texts, Rosetta E. Ross………vii

Section I. Reinterpreting, Revising, and Re-Inscribing Oral Texts
Chapter 1. “Akokכbere nso Nim Adekyee”: Women’s Interpretation of Indigenous Oral Texts, Rose Mary Amenga-Etego………3
Chapter 2. Exploring Yoruba Proverbs with Feminine Lexis as a Tool for Reimaging African Womanhood, Helen Adekunbi Labeodan………21
Chapter 3. A Critique of Indigenous “Wisdom” as Enshrined in Some Fanti Sayings and Practices on Wife-Beating in Ghana, Agnes Quansah………35

Section II. Embodied Texts, the Body as Text
Chapter 4. When Caged Bodies Testify: African and African-descended Women’s Memoirs as Sacred Texts, Liz Alexander and Melanie C. Jones………51
Chapter 5. “You Don’t Have the Right to Keep Us Silent, We Have Reference in Matters of Religion and Law”: Voices of Ghanaian Muslim Women in Dawah, Rabiatu Ammah………69
Chapter 6. Considering Violence Perpetrated against Women in Central Africa in the Light of God’s Word: Two Case Studies, Antoinette Yindjara………87
Chapter 7. Boko Haram Insurgence, the Chibok Girls’ Abduction and the Implications for the Girl Child in Nigeria, Ruth Oke and Helen Adekunbi Labeodan………93
Chapter 8. “Now You Have Struck a Rock”: Rizpah, Black Mama Trauma, and the Power of Shaming in the Face of the Powers, Valerie Bridgeman………107

Section III. Written Texts: Interrogating, Unmasking, and Taking Charge
Chapter 9. “Those Who Entrusted Their Affairs to a Woman Will not Prosper”: Its Implication in the Ghanaian Muslim Community, Fatimatu Sulemanu………121
Chapter 10. Judges 19 and the Virgin Daughter’s Trauma: “Small Voice” Implications for African Women and Girls, Elizabeth Siwo-Okundi………139
Chapter 11. Sita’s Story as a Text of Terror: A Motswana Woman’s Impressions, Elizabeth Motswapong………153
Chapter 12. Say My Name: Failure to Name, Misnaming, and Renaming as Acts of Violence against Africana Women, NaShieka Knight………167

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