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African Immigrant Religions in America / Edition 1

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African immigration to North America has been rapidly increasing. Yet, little has been written about this significant group of immigrants and the particular religious traditions that they are transplanting on our shores, as scholars continue largely to focus instead on immigrants from Europe and Asia.
African Immigrant Religions in America focuses on new understandings and insights concerning the presence and relevance of African immigrant religious communities in the United States. It explores the profound significance of religion in the lives of immigrants and the relevance of these growing communities for U.S. social life. It describes key social and historical aspects of African immigrant religion in the U.S. and builds a conceptual framework for theory and analysis.
The volume broadens our understandings of the ways in which new immigration is changing the face of Christianity in the U.S. and adds needed breadth to the study of the black church, incorporating the experiences of African immigrant religious communities in America.

ISBN-13: 9780814762127

Publisher: New York University Press

Publication Date: 05-01-2007

Pages: 352

Product Dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Jacob K. Olupona is Professor of African and African American studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Professor of African Religious Traditions, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University. His publications include African Traditional Religions in Contemporary Society; African Spirituality: Forms, Meanings, and Expressions; and Beyond Primitivism: Indigenous Religions and Modernity. Regina Gemignani is a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universityof California, Davis.

Table of Contents

Jacob K. Olupona and Regina Gemignani
I. Historical and Theoretical Perspectives
1. Communities of Believers: Exploring African Immigrant Religion in the United States
Jacob K. Olupona
2. African Immigrant Churches in the United States and the Study of Black Church History
David D. Daniels
3. The Andrew Syndrome
Ogbu M.Kalu
II. Reverse Mission
4. Non-Western Christianity in the Western World
Akintunde Akinade
5. Portable Faith
Elias Bongmba
III. Gender, Ethnicity, and Identity
6. Gender, Identity, and Power in African Immigrant Evangelical Churches
Regina Gemignani
7. Gender and Change in an African Immigrant Church
Deidre Helen Crumbley and Gloria Malake Cline-Smythe
8. West African Muslims in America
Linda Beck
9. African Religious Beliefs and Practices in Diaspora
Worku Nida
IV. Civic Engagement and Political Incorporation
10. Transnationalism, Religion, and the African Diaspora in Canada
Wisdom J. Tettey
11. Singing the Lord’s Song in a Foreign Land
Moses Biney
12. African Immigrant Churches and the New Christian Right
Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome
13. African Muslims in the United States
14. Conclusion
Jacob K. Olupona and Regina Gemignani