Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

52. Is there anything “African” about African American religion?

Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

Emily D. Crews [+-]
University of Chicago
Emily D. Crews is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago, where she teaches in the Religious Studies Department and the College. She completed her PhD in History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2021. Her work focuses on the ways that women’s reproductive bodies are linked to projects of identity construction, maintenance, and negotiation in Nigerian Pentecostal immigrant communities in the United States. In the classroom she thinks with students about categories and ideas in the study of religion through mundane phenomena like love, sororities, Jane Austen, and Alabama football (Roll Tide).


Religion in Five Minutes provides an accessible and lively introduction to the questions about religion and religious behaviour that interest most of us, whether or not we personally identify with -- or practice -- a religion. Suitable for beginning students and the general reader, the book offers more than 60 brief essays on a wide range of fascinating questions about religion and its study, such as: How did religion start? What religion is the oldest? Who are the Nones? Why do women seem to play lesser roles in many religions? What’s the difference between a religion and a cult? Is Europe less religious than North America? Is Buddhism a philosophy? How do we study religions of groups who no longer exist? Each essay is written by a leading authority and offers succinct, insightful answers along with suggestions for further reading, making the book an ideal starting point for classroom use or personal browsing.

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Crews, Emily. 52. Is there anything “African” about African American religion?. Religion in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 193-195 Aug 2017. ISBN 9781781794654. Date accessed: 08 Dec 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33026. Aug 2017

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