Women and Religion in the African Diaspora

Women and Religion in the African Diaspora

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This landmark collection of newly commissioned essays explores how diverse women of African descent have practiced religion as part of the work of their ordinary and sometimes extraordinary lives. By examining women from North America, the Caribbean, Brazil, and Africa, the contributors identify the patterns that emerge as women, religion, and diaspora intersect, mapping fresh approaches to this emergent field of inquiry. The volume focuses on issues of history, tradition, and the authenticity of African-derived spiritual practices in a variety of contexts, including those where memories of suffering remain fresh and powerful. The contributors discuss matters of power and leadership and of religious expressions outside of institutional settings. The essays study women of Christian denominations, African and Afro-Caribbean traditions, and Islam, addressing their roles as spiritual leaders, artists and musicians, preachers, and participants in bible-study groups. This volume's transnational mixture, along with its use of creative analytical approaches, challenges existing paradigms and summons new models for studying women, religions, and diasporic shiftings across time and space.All of the television programs make frequent reference to the Bible, reading directly out of it, selling it, and giving it away. Ministers and others who appear on their shows tirelessly quote it, preach out of it, and display it. Bible passages areanbsp;...

Title:Women and Religion in the African Diaspora
Author:R. Marie Griffith, Barbara Dianne Savage
Publisher:JHU Press - 2006-08-29


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