The Religious Traditions of Africa: A History 0325071144, 9780325071145

This work is a first of its kind historical introduction to the major religions of Africa. The vast majorities of Africa

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The Religious Traditions of Africa: A History
 0325071144, 9780325071145

Table of contents :
Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-382) and index

pt. I. Religion to 600 C.E. The study of "traditional" religion ; The early church in Northern Africa. -- pt. II. Islam in Africa. The spread of Islam in Northern Africa to 1800 ; The growth of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa ; New states in Western Sudan: the nineteenth century ; Northern Africa in the nineteenth century ; Northern Africa in the Colonial Era ; Northern Africa since independence: the Islamist challenge ; West Africa since 1900. -- pt. III. Christianity in Africa since ca. 500. Christianity from ca. 500 to ca. 1800 ; Christianity in the nineteenth century ; African Christian initiatives: two case studies ; Christianity in the twentieth century: the older churches ; African initiated churches: the prophetic model ; The global and the local: neo-Pentecostalism. -- pt. IV. The changing face of "traditional" religion. Divinities ; Ancestors as divinities ; Powers embodied: the medium and the mask ; Ritual and divination ; Royals, priests, and prophets ; Mythology and proverbial wisdom ; Suffering and its interpreters

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