West Africa's Women Of God: Alinesitoué And The Diola Prophetic Tradition

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byRobert M. Baum

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West Africa's Women of God examines the history of direct revelation from Emitai, the Supreme Being, which has been central to the Diola religion from before European colonization to the present day. Robert M. Baum charts the evolution of this movement from its origins as an exclusively male tradition to one that is largely female. He traces the response of Diola to the distinct challenges presented by conquest, colonial rule, and the post-colonial era. Looking specifically at the work of the most famous Diola woman prophet, Alinesitoué, Baum addresses the history of prophecy in West Africa and its impact on colonialism, the development of local religious traditions, and the role of women in religious communities.

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West Africa's Women of God examines the history of direct revelation from Emitai, the Supreme Being, which has been central to the Diola religion from before European colonization to the present day. Robert M. Baum charts the evolution of this movement from its origins as an exclusively male tradition to one that is largely female. He ...

Robert M. Baum is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Religion at Dartmouth College. He is author of Shrines of the Slave Trade: Diola Religion and Society in Precolonial Senegambia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 9, 2015Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253017882

ISBN - 13:9780253017888

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Prophets, Gender, and Religious Change among the Diola of Senegambia
2. The Diola: An Ethnographic Introduction
3. Koonjaen, Felupe, and Diola Prophets in Precolonial Senegambia
4. Women Prophets, Colonization, and the Creation of Community Shrines of Emitai, 1890-1913
5. Prophetism at the Peak of Colonial Rule, 1914-1939
6. Alinesitoué Diatta and the Crisis of the War Years, 1939-1944
7. The Prophetic Teachings of Alinesitoué, Her Successors, and a Contested Diola Prophetic Tradition
Conclusion
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"A masterful book that explores a little known part of Africa and makes it the showcase for transformative changes involving colonial agents, local subjects, religious narratives, and unpredictable outcomes." -Bruce Lawrence, author of The Qur'an: A Biography