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African American Religions

This course offers an introduction to African American religions. The class moves chronologically, examining African religions in the Americas (Santeria, Candomble, and Vodou), cultural continuities between African and African-American religions, slave religion, and the development of independent African American churches. We will examine the rise of African American new religious movements such as Father Divine and the Nation of Islam, and the religious dimensions of the Civil Rights Movement. Moving through African-American religious history, we will consider topics such as slave resistance, gender and race, and emigration to Africa.


This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Julius Bailey

University of Redlands

Private College or University
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Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies

General Comparative Traditions, Islam, New Religious Movements, Other Traditions, Protestant
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Family/Children/Reproduction, Race/Ethnicity

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