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African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Since the first African American denomination was established in Philadelphia in 1818, churches have gone beyond their role as spiritual guides in African American communities and have served as civic institutions, spaces for education, and sites for the cultivation of individuality and identities in the face of limited or non-existent freedom.

In this Very Short Introduction, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. explores the history and circumstances of African American religion through three examples: conjure, African American Christianity, and African American Islam. He argues that the phrase "African American religion" is meaningful only insofar as it describes how through religion, African Americans have responded to oppressive conditions including slavery, Jim Crow apartheid, and the pervasive and institutionalized discrimination that exists today. This bold claim frames his interpretation of the historical record of the wide diversity of religious experiences in the African American community. He rejects the common tendency to racialize African American religious experiences as an inherent proclivity towards religiousness and instead focuses on how religious communities and experiences have developed in the African American community and the context in which these developments took place.

About the Series:

Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

About the Author

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Chapter One:

The Category of "African American Religion"

Chapter Two:

Conjure and African American Religion

Chapter Three

African American Christianity and Its Early Phase (1760-1863)

Chapter Four

African American Christianity: The Modern Phase (1863-1980)

Chapter Five

African American Christianity: The Contemporary Phase (1980-present)

Chapter Six

African American Islam

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195182897
Author:
Glaude, Eddie S Jr
Publisher:
Oxford University Press (UK)
Author:
Glaude, Eddie S., Jr.
Author:
Glaude Jr, Eddie S.
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Religion & Theology | American
Subject:
Psychology of Religion
Subject:
Psychology : General
Publication Date:
20140931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 illus.
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
4.3 x 6.7 x 0.4 in

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