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Abd al-Qadir

Overview page. Subjects: Islam — African Studies.

(d. 1883)

Algerian independence leader, Sufi mystic, and poet. Born in Algeria to a notable Moroccan family. Became involved in the Algerian independence movement after the French...

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African religion

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — African Studies.

No single religion corresponds to the term ‘African religion’, nor could it. The geography of Africa ranges from rain forests to uninhabitable deserts; its peoples are organized in many...

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African Religions

Jacob K. Olupona.

March 2014; p ublished online February 2014 .

Book. Subjects: Religion; African Studies. 176 pages.

African Religions: A Very Short Introduction offers a wide-ranging look at the myriad indigenous religious traditions on the African continent, drawing on archeological research, historical...

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African religions today

in African Religions

March 2014; p ublished online February 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Religion; African Studies. 5373 words.

African indigenous religion in contemporary Africa struggles to maintain its legal tone and identity in the face of the forces of Islam and Christianity, especially radicalized forms. But...

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Benedict the African

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — African Studies.

(1526–89),

Franciscan lay brother. He was born near Messina (Sicily) of black parents from Africa of servile status. At the age of eighteen he was freed, and earned his living as...

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Bwiti

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — African Studies.

A range of syncretist movements among the Fang and other tribes in Gabon and neighbouring territories. It began in the late 19th cent. as a creative synthesis of elements from traditional...

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Ceremonies, festivals, and rituals

in African Religions

March 2014; p ublished online February 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Religion; African Studies. 4802 words.

Ceremonies, festivals, and rituals embody, enact, and reinforce the sacred values communicated in myths. ‘Ceremonies, festivals, and rituals’ explains that rituals occur on calendrical...

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Christianity and Islam in Africa

in African Religions

March 2014; p ublished online February 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Religion; African Studies. 4502 words.

Islam and Christianity have both been present on the African continent for nearly as long as they have existed. ‘Christianity and Islam in Africa’ follows the spread of these religions...

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Congo

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — African Studies.

Second longest river in Africa.

The Congo River is 4,374 km (2,718 mi) long, and its drainage basin is about 3,457,000 sq km (about 1,335,000 sq mi), covering almost all ...

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Eshu

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — African Studies.

Eshu (Eschu) is a Yoruba version of the west African trickster whose cognates are such figures as Legba (Elegba) and Ananse. He is the messenger and general intermediary between the ...

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