The historiography of African religions and religions in Africa presents a remarkable shift from the study of 'Africa as Object' to 'Africa as Subject', thus translating the subject from obscurity into the global community of the academic study of religion. This book presents a unique multidisciplinary exploration of African traditions in the study of religion in Africa and the new African diaspora. The book is structured under three main sections - Emerging trends in the teaching of African Religions; Indigenous Thought and Spirituality; and Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. Contributors drawn from diverse African and global contexts situate current scholarly traditions of the study of African religions within the purview of academic encounter and exchanges with non-African scholars and non-African contexts. African scholars enrich the study of religions from their respective academic and methodological orientations. Jacob Kehinde Olupona stands out as a pioneer in the socio-scientific interpretation of African indigenous religion and religions in Africa. This book is to his honour and marks his immense contribution to an emerging field of study and research.
'As a multidisciplinary project it succeeds beautifully, with scholarly expertise ranging from sociology to history, theology to anthropology, and gender studies to political science. Yet even with this wide scope, the editors have managed to achieve synergy throughout.' Journal of Religion in Africa
Contents: Preface, Ulrich Berner; Introduction: African traditions in the study of religion in Africa, Ezra Chitando, Afe Adogame and Bolaji Bateye; Part I Emerging Trends in the Teaching of African Religions: African religions in African scholarship: a critique, Umar Habila Dadem Danfulani; Challenges and prospects of teaching African religion in tertiary institutions in East Africa, Adam K. arap Chepkwony; Teaching African traditional religion at the University of Zimbabwe, Tabona Shoko; Gender and the teaching of religious studies in Nigeria: a primary overview, Oyeronke Olademo; Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in African religious and theological studies, Musa W. Dube. Part II Indigenous Thought and Spirituality: Women, narrative traditions and African religious thought, Anthonia C. Kalu; African spirituality from 'noise, dust, darkness and dancing', Lilian Dube; Tribes without rulers? Indigenous systems of governance and sustainable rural development, Rose Mary Amenga-Etego; 'Life is more superior to wealth'?: indigenous healers in a contemporary African community, Amasiri, Nigeria, Elijah Obinna; Christianity and the negotiation of cultures: a case study of Yakurr festivals in Nigeria, Dodeye U. Williams. Part III Christianity, Islam, Hinduism: 'From prophetism to pentecostalism': religious innovation in Africa and African religious scholarship, J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu; Perceptions of women's health and rights in Christian new religious movements in Kenya, Philomena N. Mwaura and Damaris S. Parsitau; Religion and divine presence: appropriating Christianity from within African indigenous religions' perspective, Victor I. Ezigbo; African traditional religion in the study of the New Testament in Africa, Lovemore Togarasei; Southern African Islamic studies scholarship: a survey of the 'state of the art', Muhammed Haron; Folk beliefs about spiritual power and Hinduism in Ghana, Albert Kafui Wuaku; Index.
Routledge's Vitality of Indigenous Religions series offers an exciting cluster of research monographs, drawing together volumes from leading international scholars across a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. Indigenous religions are vital and empowering for many thousands of indigenous peoples globally, and dialogue with, and consideration of, these diverse religious life-ways promises to challenge and refine the methodologies of a number of academic disciplines, whilst greatly enhancing understandings of the world.
This series explores the development of contemporary indigenous religions from traditional, ancestral precursors, but the characteristic contribution of the series is its focus on their living and current manifestations. Devoted to the contemporary expression, experience and understanding of particular indigenous peoples and their religions, books address key issues which include: the sacredness of land, exile from lands, diasporic survival and diversification, the indigenization of Christianity and other missionary religions, sacred language, and re-vitalization movements. Proving of particular value to academics, graduates, postgraduates and higher level undergraduate readers worldwide, this series holds obvious attraction to scholars of Native American studies, Maori studies, African studies and offers invaluable contributions to religious studies, sociology, anthropology, geography and other related subject areas.