Teaching African American Religions

Paperback | April 15, 2005

EditorCarolyn M. Jones, Theodore Louis Trost

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The variety and complexity of its traditions make African American religion one of the most difficult topics in religious studies to teach to undergraduates. The sheer scope of the material to be covered is daunting to instructors, many of whom are not experts in African American religioustraditions, but are called upon to include material on African American religion in courses on American Religious History or the History of Christianity. Also, the unfamiliarity of the subject matter to the vast majority of students makes it difficult to achieve any depth in the brief time allottedin the survey courses where it is usually first encountered. The essays in this volume will supply functional, innovative ways to teach African American religious traditions in a variety of settings.

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The variety and complexity of its traditions make African American religion one of the most difficult topics in religious studies to teach to undergraduates. The sheer scope of the material to be covered is daunting to instructors, many of whom are not experts in African American religioustraditions, but are called upon to include mate...

Carolyn M. Jones is Associate Professor of Religion and African American Studies at the University of Georgia. Her research area is Religion and Literature, with a concentration in Southern and African American. She has published extensively on Toni Morrison's fiction. Theodore Louis Trost is Associate Professor in Religious Studies ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:April 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195167988

ISBN - 13:9780195167986

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"The essays in this invaluable book provide significant methodological toolkits, sound theoretical approaches, and substantive data for teaching African American religions in the 21st century. While the volume illustrates the complexity of the learning process and the multiple ways ofimpacting knowledge in the classroom, it emphasizes transformation as the cardinal goal of teaching the deep religious history and the richly documented traditions of African American peoples." --Jacob K. Olupona, Director and Professor, African American and African Studies, The University ofCalifornia, Davis