African Religions

Religions of the World - Questions, Challenges, and New Directions - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Leslie Dorrough Smith [+-]
Avila University
Leslie Dorrough Smith is Professor of Religious Studies at Avila University and a member of the Women’s and Gender Studies faculty.
Steven W Ramey [+-]
University of Alabama
Steven W. Ramey is a Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, where he also directs the Asian Studies Program.


This chapter explores and then interrogates four different representations of African Religions. The first representation examines the diverse practices across the continent that people often combine under the label “African Religions.” The second representation analyzes the beliefs and practices of the Yoruba to illustrate the complexity within one of the largest and most influential forms of African Religion. The third representation considers how practitioners of traditional African religions have interacted with Muslims and Christians, since Islam and Christianity have both had a presence in the African continent since the very beginning of each religion. The fourth representation focuses on African Religions as political influence, emphasizing how the different constructions and representations of that category reflect a range of social interests.

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Dorrough Smith, Leslie; Ramey, Steven. African Religions. Religions of the World - Questions, Challenges, and New Directions. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jan 2024. ISBN 9781800503762. Date accessed: 02 Dec 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44594. Jan 2024

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