African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction

African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Print publication date: Aug 2014

ISBN: 9780195182897

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction explores the history and circumstances of African American religion through three examples: conjure, African American Christianity, and African American Islam. It argues that the phrase “African American religion” is meaningful only insofar as it describes how through religion, African Americans have responded to oppressive conditions. This bold claim frames the interpretation of the historical record of diverse religious experiences in the African American community. The common tendency to racialize African American religious experiences as an inherent proclivity towards religiousness is rejected and instead the focus is on how religious communities and experiences have developed in the African American community and the context in which these developments took place.