Religious Studies | Topics in Religious Studies: African Religions
R202 | 25850 | Schulz, D.


The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with the diversity
of religious thought and practice in Africa and to account for the
on-going relevance of religion to contemporary social life and
politics. In addition to covering several anthropological "classics"
on religion in Africa, the class will address from a historically
informed perspective the belief systems, symbols, rituals and myths
of several traditional religions of Africa, and how they have
changed through their encounter with and response to colonial rule
and to the new political, economic and technological conditions of
the postcolonial era. The course will also examine the spread and
integration of Islam and Christianity into African societies and
cultures, and how central tenets and practices of the two world
religions have been reassessed and transformed in this process.