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African Spirituality, Politics, and Knowledge Systems: Sacred Words and Holy Realms

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Focusing on the three leading religious traditions in Africa (African Traditional Religion, Islam, and Christianity), this book shows how belief in the supremacy of sacred words compels actions and influences practices in contemporary Africa.

"Sacred words" are taken to mean holy texts as in divination, the Quran and the Bible. Toyin Falola evaluates how religious leaders engage with sacred words, both orals and texts, engendering practices that reveal the expression of religious beliefs, the impact of those beliefs, and the knowledge contained in them. Attention is given to the key ideas in the words chosen by religious leaders, and how they form a continuous knowledge system, impacting the politics of managing society and people.

ISBN-13: 9781350271982

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Publication Date: 09-21-2023

Pages: 304

Product Dimensions: 9.21h x 6.14w x 1.00d

Series: Bloomsbury Studies in Black Religion and Cultures

Toyin Falola is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor of History and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He has served as the General Secretary of the Historical Society of Nigeria, the President of the African Studies Association, Vice-President of UNESCO Slave Route Project, and the Kluge Chair of the Countries and Cultures of the South, Library of Congress. He is a member of the Scholars' Council, Kluge Center, and the Library of Congress. He has received over 30 lifetime career awards and 14 honorary doctorates.