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, Diaspora, and Gendered Societies. The book is structured under two main sections. The first provides insights into the interface between Religion and Society. The second features African Diaspora together with Youth and Gender which have not yet featured prominently in studies on religion in Africa. 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 and the new African Diaspora. This book honours his immense contribution to an emerging field of study and research.
’By focusing on the role of religion in African societies, African religious expressions in diaspora and the role of African women in the academy, the contributors to this book challenge what the editors portray as a field traditionally dominated by men, many of whom are non-African.This volume offers a methodological challenge to the wider field of Religious Studies and at the same time exemplifies the Africanisation� of the study of African religions.’ James L. Cox, University of Edinburgh, UK '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: contending with gender, the vitality of indigenous religions and diaspora, Ezra Chitando, Afe Adogame and Bolaji Bateye; Part I Religion and Society, Religion in Society: Approaches to peacemaking in Africa: Obuntu perspectives from Western Kenya, Lucas Nandih Shamala; Religious pluralism and secularization in the Nigerian religious sphere, Danoye Oguntola Laguda; Faith, spiritualism and materialism: understanding the interfaces of religion and the economy in Nigeria, Olutayo Adesina; Towards a civil religion in Nigeria, Musa Barnabas Gaiya; The implications of ancestral veneration manifesting in national symbols for national integration and moral transformation in Nigeria, Jacob Kehinde Ayantayo; The concept of expiatory sacrifice in the early Church and in African indigenous religious traditions, Samson Adetunji Fatokun. Part II Diaspora, Youth and Gender Dynamics: Researching African immigrant religions: boundaries, belonging and access, Abel Ugba; ÃÃ¬nÃ obÃ¬nrin kÃ² seé dÃ¡ké lÃ¡sÃ¡n, bÃ a dÃ¡ké lÃ¡sÃ¡n, enu nÃÃ yo ni: women’s leadership roles in AlÃ¡dÅrÃ churches in Nigeria and the USA, MojÃºbÃ olÃº OlÃºfÃºnké Okome and Elisha P. Renne; The place of second-generation youth in West Indian Pentecostalism in the diaspora - New York and London, Janice McLean; Religion and masculinities in Africa: an opportunity for Africanization, Ezra Chitando; Rethinking women, nature and ritual purity in Yoruba religious traditions, Bolaji Bateye; The impact of Christian women's organizations on Nigerian society, Dorcas Olu Akintunde; The Northern Nigerian Muslim woman: between economic crisis and religious puritanism, Oluwakemi Abiodun Adesina; Index.
Ashgate'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.