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"A highly original and very creative text....Will represent a new kind of African-American religious scholarship."--Albert J. Raboteau, Princeton University


"Promises not only to move African American religious studies to a new stage but also to provide a kind of 'healing book' of his own for a contemporary culture in which racial antagonism has again poisoned the body politic."--The Cresset


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Theophus H. Smith is at Emory University.
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Product Details

  • Series: Religion in America
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Facsimile edition (November 9, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195102819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195102819
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,984,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I guess I am the first to review this book because people are either gawking over the author's audacity or they think that this book is about a list of recipes and spells. Well, it is not. If you want a spellbook go the other way. Interested in African American thought and philosophy read on.

Many people are aware that in the Caribbean and South America Brazil, enslaved Africans syncretized their beliefs under Catholicism. What people aren't aware of is that Africans taken to the Protestant influence colonies did a similar thing, but instead of masking beliefs behind iconic images. They masked their concepts to counter the ridiculous "Curse of Ham" theory, which led to the Rastafarian and Civil Rights Movement. This book is an excellent in understanding truly what I would call the roots of African American cultural philosophy.

Smith's book opens up African American religion and spirituality and revealed to me that it was a form of conjure. Conjure he defines is a magical means of transforming reality. This has been attempted and done not just through herbs and roots but music, culture and most effectively by African American religion. If one thinks about the Civil Rights era and think about how Martin L. King's speech "I Have A Dream" moved the American public to the point that they had a change of mind, heart and soul...it was a form of conjure. How else could it had been accomplished?

What King did was the same thing others had done before and after him, which is take something and make into a tool of empowerment. King is considered one of the greatest to have accomplish this but Nat Turner, Haile Salassie, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Elijah Muhummad and many others accomplished similar feats. This is the uniqueness of African American spirituality.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Martin on January 5, 2013
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I would never have made it through this book if I hadn't been required to read it and present it to the rest of my graduate class. It is one of the most impossible books I have ever had to read. There were times where I had to read and re-read again to understand what Smith was getting at. It is thick stuff. That said, it is absolutely brilliant and I am very glad that I made it through. Not only does it show how ancient African rites and practices were incorporated into African-American culture, up unto the Civl Rights Movement, but it helps anyone understand how pieces of ancient tradition in any culture can still be leaving ripples centuries after that tradition has seemingly been left behind. The connection between homeopathic African treatments and the effectiveness of passive resistance of the Civil Rights Movement is absolutely brilliant. But realize that to move beyond a superficial reading and figure out how brilliant it is, you will probably have to read it, re-read it, take notes, talk to someone else who's reading it and come back to it again to understand it all! I took away a star because I don't see any reason why it couldn't have been written a little less obtusely.
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