RELST 2060

RELST 2060

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2024-2025.

This course explores the history of religions among people of African descent from the period of the development of the transatlantic slave trade (1440s) to the present. Its aim is to introduce students to the complex ways religion has shaped their lifeworlds. Such study involves, among other things, encounters with the religious cultures of slaves and slaveholders in the antebellum South; the development of independent Black churches, the effects of emancipation, migration, and urbanization upon Black religious life; new black religious movements (e.g., Nation of Islam, Father Divine's Peace Mission Movement, Black Hebrews); the emergence of Black secularism/humanism; the impact of Black religious expressive culture (e.g., music, sermon, song, and film); the religious dimensions of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements; as well as contemporary developments and transformations in Black religious life. All of which requires attentiveness to how we tell the story of Africana religions, and how scholars have developed and pursued the modern study of "Africana religion." 

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (HST-AS, SCD-AS) (D-AG, HA-AG)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASRC 2060

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19558 RELST 2060   LEC 001

    • TR Stimson Hall G01
    • Aug 26 - Dec 9, 2024
    • Pickett, X

  • Instruction Mode: In Person