African Religions

3 credits

REL_ST 2940

Religious Studies
College of Arts and Science

(same as BL_STU 2940). This course will serve as an introduction to various forms of religiosity in sub-Saharan Africa. Greater emphasis will be devoted to the indigenous religious traditions of the continent, but we will also examine Christianity and Islam as they are practiced on the continent. The aim of this class is to help students to better understand various aspects of African cultures by dismantling stereotypes and assumptions that have long characterized the study of religions in Africa. The readings and lectures are will be drawn from historical, anthropological, sociological, and literary sources. Graded on A-F basis only.