This is the first major collection for over a decade on the subject of African religion.
The result of an academic conference held in 1986, this work explores the varieties of the African religious experience as well as its commonalities. The book's theoretical underpinnings are set out in the introduction by the editors, who discuss what constitutes religion in general and how religion is manifested in Africa. Their assertion that African religion, unlike that found in the West, is more group-and problem-oriented and is closely linked to its sociocultural context is confirmed in subsequent chapters by African, European, and American scholars. The individual papers, which are primarily anthropological case studies, treat both indigenous belief systems and Christianity and Islam. This book belongs in all academic collections on Africa.-Paul H. Thomas, Hoover Inst. Lib., Stanford, Cal.