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Title:European traditions in the study of religion in Africa
Editors:Ludwig, FriederISNI
Adogame, AfeISNI
Berner, UlrichISNI
City of publisher:Wiesbaden
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African religions
religious history
religious studies
conference papers (form)
Abstract:This volume comprises case studies of five centuries of European encounters with and imaginations of Africa encompassing her triple religious heritage: African Traditional Religions, Christianity and Islam. The introductory chapters outline the challenges and present overviews; some of them also analyse the early accounts of European travelers and missionaries. The following contributions examine the lasting legacy of the European Enlightenment in employing an ambivalent language of human equality and universalism, while in actual fact consigning Africa to an inferior position. It has been difficult for Western scholars to divorce themselves wholly from the perceptions thus established. However, there have been quite different approaches. This is indicated in the papers discussing the role and impact of influential European academics (scholars of religion, theologians, historians and social scientists) during the colonial and postcolonial period. Other contributions examine specific institutional centres of African religious studies in Europe. The concluding chapters critically assess European approaches and their use for the study of religion in Africa from an African perspective. This book is based on an International Interdisciplinary Conference held on 4-7 October 2001 at Wissenschaftszentrum der Universität Bayreuth, Schloss Thurnau. Contributors: Afo Adogame, Ulrich Berner, Jean-Godefroy Bidima, Keith Clemens, James Cox, Umar Danfulani, Robert Debuseman, Rene Devisch, Till Förster, Musa Gaiya, Mahmud Haggag, Adrian Hastings, Ulrich van der Heyden, Klaus Hock, Adam Jones, Nehemia Levtzion, Roman Loimeier, Frieder Ludwig, Elisio Macamo, Jacob Olupona, Athanasios Papathanisiou, Jan Platvoet, Henk van Rinsum, Andrea Schultze, Wolbert Smidt, Christopher Steed, Holger Stoecker, Abdulkader Tayob, Werner Ustorf, Andrew Walls, Grace Wamue, David Westerlund, John Young. [Book abstract]