Religious Studies | The Black Religious Experience
R300 | 4147 | Dixie


Enslaved Africans arrived in the new World from many different
regions of Africa.  They were a very diverse lot, and nowhere was
this more apparent than in their religious expressions.  This course
is designed to introduce students to the ways Antebellum blacks used
their various religious traditions to resist oppression.  We shall
begin with an exploration of religious traditions in West Africa and
follow their transformation as they made their way to the Americas.
We also examine the role of enslaved Muslims in the formation
of “slave religion” as well as the development of new religions in
slave communities (Voodoo, Santeria, Shango, Candomble, etc.)
Finally, we will examine the impact of Christian conversion on
blacks and the development of black independent churches.