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Title:
African American Religion : a very short introduction
Author:
Glaude, Eddie S., Jr., 1968- , author.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, USA, [2014]
Physical Description:
xviii, 142 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Summary:
"African American Religion offers a provocative historical and philosophical treatment of the religious life of African Americans. Glaude argues that the phrase "African American religion" is meaningful only insofar as it singles out the distinctive ways religion has been leveraged by African Americans to respond to different racial regimes in the United States. That bold claim frames how he reads the historical record. Slavery, Jim Crow, and current appeals to color blindness serve as a backdrop for his treatment of conjure, African American Christianity and Islam"--
Language:
English
Contents:
The Category of "African American Religion" -- Conjure and African American Religion -- African American Christianity: The Early Phase (1760-1863) -- African American Christianity: The Modern Phase (1863-1935) -- African American Christianity: The Modern Phase (1935-1980) -- African American Christianity since 1980 -- African American Islam -- Conclusion.
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ISBN:
9780195182897
Format :
Book

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Summary

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 andidentities 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 itdescribes 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 ofreligious 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 Americancommunity and the context in which these developments took place.


Author Notes

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


Table of Contents

1 The Category of "African American Religion"
2 Conjure and African American Religion
3 African American Christianity and Its Early Phase (1760-1863)
4 African American Christianity: The Modern Phase (1863-1980)
5 African American Christianity: The Contemporary Phase (1980-present)
6 African American Islam

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