This volume explores the way of life of the Boni community, a hunter-gatherer people that straddle the Kenya/Somali border in East Africa. The Boni converted to Islam some fifty years ago and the reasons for this, both internal and external to the community, are identified. The book argues that former indigenous religious activity, far from having died out, is now being renegotiated so as to reflect an evolving Boni self-identity in a multi-ethnic setting as well as allowing the fermentation of resistance in the face of attempts at cultural hegemony advanced by outside forces. Employing a phenomenological approach and a methodology based on participant observation, this volume identifies three contrasting spheres of religious activity - the bush, the village centre, and individual homesteads.
Overtly Muslim, Covertly Boni
by Albert Kafui Wuaku (Florida International University, Miami, USA)
In Hindu Gods in West Africa, Wuaku offers an analytical account of the histories, beliefs and practices of the Hindu Monastery of Africa and the Radha Govinda Temple, two of Ghana's emmerging Hindu Temples.
By Tomas Sundnes Drønen (School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway)
The global aspects of the new Pentecostal churches in northern Cameroon are in this volume discussed through descriptions of the movement's relationship with mainline churches, traditional religion, and Islam.
by Hilde Nielssen
Exploring the rich world of tromba spirit possession in eastern Madagascar, this book offers a fresh perspective on questions of how rituals work and how they affect and constitute human realities.
by Anthony A. Lee
One million Baha'is live in africa. This is the first academic volume to explore the history of this movement on the continent. The book discusses the diverse and contractivory American, Iranian, British, and African contributions to this new religious movement.
Maria Frahm-Arp, St. Augustine College, Johannesburg, South Africa
This book offers an exploration into the interconnections between career success and religiosity as it examines the role of Pentecostal Charismatic Christianity in the work experiences of young, professional, black women who are becoming part of the post-apartheid South African middle class.
By Ludovic Lado
Through an ethnographic study of a Charismatic movement in Cameroon and Paris, the book explores the dialectics between ‘Pentecostalization’ and ‘Africanization’ within contemporary African Catholicism. It appears that both processes pursue, although for different purposes, the missionary policy ...
Edited by Felicitas Becker and Wenzel Geissler
This volume explores, through anthropological and historical case studies from different parts of Africa, how AIDS is understood, confronted and lived with through religious ideas and practices, and how these, in turn, are reinterpreted and changed by the experience of AIDS.
Through oral history research in Congo this book studies the reconfiguration of Christian identity during migration. It examines the intersection of contemporary influences upon group expressions of identity. It demonstrates how religious affiliation aids a sense of belonging.
A history of the Anglican diocese of Mashonaland/Southern Rhodesia, 1890-925, which provides a fresh general narrative and a particular study of the church's work with white settlers and their religion, examined against both an imperial and a world-wide ecclesiastical background.
Edited by Stephan Palmié
Until recently, African Americanist scholarship has been dominated by programmatic searches for African origins. This book aims to transcend this research agenda by exploring the ritual and discursive production and reproduction of conceptions of Africa and Africanity in the Americas.
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