The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion, Band 77 1. Aufl.
The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions brings together a team of international scholars to create a single-volume resource on the religious beliefs and practices of the peoples in Africa. Offers broad coverage of issues relating to African religions, considering experiences in indigenous, Christian, and Islamic traditions across the continent Contributors are from a variety of fields, ensuring the volume offers multidisciplinary perspectives Explores methodological approaches to religion from anthropological, philosophical, and historical perspectives Provides insights into the historical developments in African religions, as well as contemporary issues such as the development of African-initiated churches, neo traditional religions, and Pentecostalism Discusses important topics at the intersection of culture and religion in Africa, including the arts, health, politics, globalization, gender relations, and the economy
Notes on Contributors xi Foreword xix Jacob K. Olupona Acknowledgments xxii Introduction 1 Elias K. Bongmba Part I Methodological Perspectives on African Religions 23 1 Methodological Views on African Religions 25 James L. Cox 2 Philosophy of Religion on African Ways of Believing 41 V.Y. Mudimbe and Susan Mbula Kilonzo 3 Neo-Protestant Ethics and the Spirit of Capitalism: Perspectives from the Social Sciences 62 Jean Comaroff and John L. Comaroff 4 Divination in Africa 79 René Devisch 5 Orality, Literature, and African Religions 97 Jonathan A. Draper and Kenneth Mtata 6 African Rituals 112 Laura S. Grillo 7 Postcolonial Feminist Perspectives on African Religions 127 Musa W. Dube 8 Religion and the Environment 140 Edward P. Antonio 9 Christianity in Africa: From African Independent to Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches 153 Birgit Meyer Part II Interpreting Religious Pluralism 171 10 Neo-traditional Religions 173 Marleen de Witte 11 Spirit Possession in Africa 184 Susan J. Rasmussen 12 Christian Missions in Africa 198 Norman Etherington 13 Christianity in Africa 208 David T. Ngong 14 Coptic Christianity 220 Jason R. Zaborowski 15 The Ethiopian Orthodox Church 234 Christine Chaillot 16 African Theology 241 Elias K. Bongmba 17 The Church and Women in Africa 255 Isabel Apawo Phiri 18 Feminist Theologies in Africa 269 Sarojini Nadar 19 Church and Reconciliation 279 Tinyiko Maluleke 20 Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements in Modern Africa 295 Matthews A. Ojo 21 African Initiated Churches in the Diaspora 310 Afe Adogame 22 Islam in Africa 323 Yushau Sodiq 23 Women in Islam: Between Sufi sm and Reform in Senegal 338 Penda Mbow 24 Islam and Modernity 355 Carmen McCain 25 Jihad 365 John H. Hanson 26 Shari’a in Muslim Africa 377 David Cook 27 Hinduism in South Africa 389 P. Pratap Kumar Part III Religion, Culture, and Society 399 28 Religion and Art in Ile-Ife 401 Suzanne Preston Blier 29 Sufi Arts: Engaging Islam through Works of Contemporary Art in Senegal 417 Allen F. Roberts and Mary Nooter Roberts 30 Religion, Health, and the Economy 430 James R. Cochrane 31 Religion, Illness, and Healing 443 David Westerlund 32 Religion and Politics in Africa 457 Stephen Ellis and Gerrie ter Haar 33 Religion and Development 466 Steve de Gruchy 34 Religion, Media, and Confl ict in Africa 483 Rosalind I.J. Hackett 35 Gospel Music in Africa 489 Damaris Seleina Parsitau 36 Religion and Globalization 503 Asonzeh Ukah 37 Religion and Same Sex Relations in Africa 515 Marc Epprecht Bibliography 529 Index 590
“Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty.” (Choice, 1 June 2013)
Elias Kifon Bongmba holds the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian Theology and is Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He is the author of Facing a Pandemic: The African Church and Crisis of AIDS (2007), The Dialectics of Transformation in Africa (2006), which won the 2007 Franz Fanon Prize for outstanding work in Caribbean thought, and African Witchcraft and Otherness: A Philosophical and Theological Critique of Intersubjective Relations (2001).
The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions presents multidisciplinary perspectives on the religious beliefs and practices of the peoples in Africa. The rich diversity of African religious traditions is revealed through contributions from renowned scholars from across a variety of fields. Initial essays focus on methodological approaches to religion from anthropological, philosophical, and historical perspectives. These are followed by articles addressing religious experiences in indigenous, Christian, and Islamic traditions across the continent. Collectively, the volume offers rich insights into both the historical developments in African religions and contemporary religious issues, including the development of African-initiated churches, neo traditional religions, Pentecostalism, African religions, and gender relations. A concluding section delves into important topics at the intersection of culture and religion in Africa, including the arts, health, politics, globalization, and the economy.
This timely contribution to the study of African religions will become an indispensable tool and resource for anyone interested in the subject whether in the academy or beyond. The themes and issues are central to the current debate on the status, role and future of religion on the continent and the contributors are all distinguished scholars in the field and experts on their assigned topics. —John W. de Gruchy, Emeritus Professor of Christian Studies, University of Cape Town
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