African American Religions

REL-C 320 — Fall 2024

Alexus McLeod
Days and Times
TR 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Course Description

This course will examine the religious ideas and expression of African-descended people in the Americas, and particularly the United States (and former English colonies), from the 17th century to today. The focus will be particularly on Black religion as a distinct phenomenon as a response to slavery, racism, and colonialism. We will look at Indigenous West and Central African religions in the context of the Atlantic slave trade, Islam and Christian conversion, the Black Church, religious innovation during the Great Migration, Black nationalist and Pan-African movements, new religious movements, and contemporary expressions, including what Judith Weisenfeld calls “religio-racial” movements such as the Moorish Science Temple and Nation of Islam of the 20th century and their current day descendants.