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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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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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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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Hottentot

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — Religion.

Used to refer to Khoikhoi peoples of South Africa and Namibia. The term comes from Dutch, perhaps a repetitive formula in a Nama dancing-song, transferred by Dutch sailors to the people...

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Kahina

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — African Studies.

575?–702? Berber priestess who led a campaign of resistance against Arab movement into North Africa in the seventh century.

In the seventh century, the Arabs arrived in the land...

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Kikuyu

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — Christianity.

The village in Kenya where a Missionary Conference of Anglicans, Presbyterians, and other Protestants was held in 1913. A federation of the constituent Churches was proposed.

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Maasai

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — African Studies.

Ethnic group of Kenya and Tanzania.

The Maasai have a long tradition of Pastoralism, though today some are adopting a settled life. There are a little more than 250,000 Maasai. ...

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