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Journal Article

Africana Religious Studies: Toward a Transdisciplinary Agenda in an Emerging Field

Dianne M. Stewart Diakité and Tracey E. Hucks
Journal of Africana Religions
Vol. 1, No. 1 (2013), pp. 28-77
DOI: 10.5325/jafrireli.1.1.0028
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Page Count: 50
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Our position in this essay is provisional and dialogical as we hope to begin a conversation that will inspire productive exchange and innovative agendas for the future of Africana religious studies. We elaborate our vision for ARS as a field of study by emphasizing the accomplishments and limitations of major research lineages that intersect with its priorities. We find our voice in the emergent conversations on Africana religions by asking (1) How will the field of Africana religious studies enhance knowledge production on the religious cultures of African-descended peoples worldwide? And (2) how will the field of Africana religious studies address theoretical and methodological inadequacies of longer-standing fields and disciplinary arenas in which scholars have conducted research on African-descended peoples and their religious cultures?

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