African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | September 30, 2014

byEddie S. Glaude

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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.

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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 ...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.88 × 4.38 × 0.68 inPublished:September 30, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195182898

ISBN - 13:9780195182897

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1. The Category of "African American Religion"2. Conjure and African American Religion3. 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