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Teaching African American Religions

Carolyn M. Jones and Theodore Louis Trost


The variety and complexity of its traditions make African American religion one of the most difficult topics in religious studies to understand. The sheer scope of the subject is daunting to anyone wanting to learn about it, especially if they are not experts in African American religious traditions. Also, the unfamiliarity of the subject matter to the vast majority hoping to investigate the subject makes it difficult to achieve any depth of understanding. The chapters in this book will supply functional, innovative ways to teach African American religious traditions in a variety of settings.

Keywords: African American, religious studies, religious traditions, teaching, the United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195167979
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/019516797X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn M. Jones, editor
University of Georgia
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Theodore Louis Trost, editor
University of Alabama

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Carolyn M. Jones and Theodore Louis Trost

Part I The Classroom as Contact Zone

2 On the Plantation

Nancy A. Hardesty

3 Border Disputes:

Stephanie Y. Mitchem

5 “I Want to Be Ready!”:

Yolanda Y. Smith

Part II Challenges to the Textual Canon and the Regnant History

7 Rethinking the Core:

Edwin David Aponte

10 Tribal Talk:

Will “Esuyemi” Coleman Transcribed by Elizabeth Tanner

Part III Decoding and Other Modes of Analysis


Emilie M. Townes

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