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African immigration to North America has been rapidly increasing. Yet, little has been written about this significant group of immigrants and the particular religious traditions that they are transplanting on our shores, as scholars continue largely to focus instead on immigrants from Europe and Asia. African Immigrant Religions in America focuses on new understandings and insights concerning the presence and relevance of African immigrant religious communities in the United States. It explores the profound significance of religion in the lives of immigrants and the relevance of these growing communities for U.S. social life. It describes key social and historical aspects of African immigrant religion in the U.S. and builds a conceptual framework for theory and analysis. The volume broadens our understandings of the ways in which new immigration is changing the face of Christianity in the U.S. and adds needed breadth to the study of the black church, incorporating the experiences of African immigrant religious communities in America.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814762127
ISBN-10: 0814762123
Format: Paperback
(5817mm x 3887mm x 22mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jacob K. Olupona

Jacob K. Olupona is Professor of African and African American studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Professor of African Religious Traditions, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University. His publications include African Traditional Religions in Contemporary Society; African Spirituality: Forms, Meanings, and Expressions; and Beyond Primitivism: Indigenous Religions and Modernity. Regina Gemignani is a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis.

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