Teaching in the Contact Zone:

Carolyn M. Jones

in Teaching African American Religions

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195167979
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784981 | DOI:

Series: AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series

 Teaching in the Contact Zone:

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In a course like African American religion, the classroom is a “contact zone”, a term used by Mary Louise Pratt. To illustrate the difficulties in dealing with the contact zone, this chapter describes an African American Religion course recently taught by the author of this book. It then looks at the issues involved when a classroom becomes a contact zone. The chapter then discusses the use of David Remnick's biography of Muhammed Ali, King of the World, and America in the Civil Rights era for understanding the significance of the Nation of Islam. Finally, building on the spiritual journey of Muhammed Ali, the central issue in teaching religion, transformation, whether it is African American Religion or not, is considered.

Keywords: culture; African American; religion; Civil Rights; African American religion course; Islam

Chapter.  7757 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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