Special Issue "Race and Religion: New Approaches to African American Religions"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2017)
Black people do everything. That’s what I tell my classes when I teach African American religions. We are Buddhists, like Alice Walker and Jan Willis. The Interior Ministry of Israel ultimately recognized the Mosley family, African American converts, as Jews (Judy Maltz, “African American Converts Recognized as Jews in Israel.” Haaretz, 28 May 2015 (available online: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/news/.premium-1.658593). As James Houk has pointed out, African religious systems have incorporated Catholic saints, Hindu gods, and Kabbalistic practices (James Houk “The Orisha Religion in Trinidad.” in African American Religious Cultures. Edited Stephen C. Finley and Torin Alexander. Santa Barbara: ABC CLIO, 2000, pp. 287–288). We are in the Nation of Islam and also in traditional Islam. We are also among the “nones”, those who do not identify themselves as religious. In addition, we have seen our thinkers, like Martin Luther King, Jr., who utilized the work of thinkers from H. Richard Niebuhr to Gandhi, “Africanize” theory and theology (I suspect, for example, that President Barack Obama was influenced by the thoughts of Edward Said). Without losing our African pasts, we, like all global citizens, are engaging the brave new world of religious diversity.
What do we make of African American innovations, alignments, syncretisms and significations on religious thought, from theory to theology, and practice, from our roots, like Orisha devotion and Hoodoo, to new practices, like Buddhism? Do we see retrenchments into fundamental—and I do not mean this in a necessarily negative way—practices in the black church that have sustained the community since slavery? How are we using media, art, music, and other forms to practice and innovate in religion? What impact has technology had on African diaspora religions?
This Special Issue invites innovative emerging young scholars and some of us older scholars, too, in African diaspora religions, to write about their insights into the diverse landscape of African American religious thought and practice. This Special Issue will be, necessarily, interdisciplinary and daring, as we look at new forms of belief and practice.
Prof. Dr. Carolyn J. Medine
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