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African Religions: Symbol, Ritual, and Community
Suitable for courses in African Religions and Afro-American Religions, this book provides an introduction to African religious history that focuses primarily upon traditional African religions - constructed around a set of religious themes common to the rest of the world's religions.
Paperback, 218 pages
Published September 10th 1999 by Pearson
(first published January 1st 1976)
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So-so textbook surveying the range of African religions largely in terms of significant common themes (art, religious authorities, divinities, etc.). The thematic structure shifts in the final two chapters to a consideration of African Islam and African Christianity. Note that these chapter titles specify the contents correctly, as Ray focuses on indigenized, and in some cases syncretistic or "heterodox," Muslim and Christian traditions, not on Islam in Africa or Christianity in Africa as such....more