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Africa, West -- Religious History

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the religious history of West Africa.


Six Superlative Sources

· William Bascom. 1969. Ifa Divination: Communication between Gods and Men in West Africa. Indiana University Press.

· Jean-Paul Colleyn and Cathreine De Clippel. 1998. Bamanaya: Un'arte di Vivere in Mali. Centro Studi Archeologia Africana.

· Jean-Marie Gibbal. 1994. Genii of the River Niger. University of Chicago Press.

· Nehemia Levtzion. 1994. Islam in West Africa: Religion, Society and Politics to 1800. Variorum.

· Lamin Sanneh. 1983. West African Christianity. Allen and Unwin.

· Paul Stoller. 1989. Fusion of the Worlds: An Ethnography of Possession among the Songhay of Niger. University of Chicago Press.

Other Excellent Sources

· E.A. Ayandele. 1966. The Missionary Impact on Modern Nigeria, 1842-1914: A Political and Social Analysis. Longman Group.

· Karin Barber. 1981. "How Man Makes God in West Africa: Yoruba Attitudes toward the Orisa." Africa 51, No. 3: 724-745.

· Lewis Brenner. 1984. West African Sufi: The Religious Heritage and Spiritual Quest of Cerno Bokar Saalif Taal. University of California Press.

· Warren L. d'Azevedo. 1994. "Gola Womanhood and the Limits of Masculine Omnipotence," in Thomas D. Blakely, Walter E.A. van Beek, and Dennis L. Thomson, eds. Religion in Africa. James Currey, and Heinemann.

· Henry John Drewel. 1988. "Performing the Other: Mami Wata Worship in West Africa." The Drama Review: A Journal of Performance Studies 32, No. 2: T118:160-185.

· Paula Girshick Ben-Amos. 1994. "The Promise of Greatness: Women and Power in an Edo Spirit Possession Cult," in Thomas D. Blakely, Walter E.A. van Beek, and Dennis L. Thomson, eds. Religion in Africa. James Currey and Heinemann.

· Marcel Griaule. 1975. Conversations with Ogotemmeli. Oxford University Press.

· Rosalind I.J. Hackett. 1988. Religion in Calabar: The Religious Life and History of a Nigerian Town. Mouton de Gruyter.

· Lansiné Kaba. 1974. The Wahhabiyya: Islamic Reform and Politics in French West Africa. Northwestern University Press.

· John P. Kirby. 1986. Gods, Shrines, and Problem-Solving among the Anufo of Northern Ghana. D. Reimer.

· Simon Ottenberg. 1994. "Male and Female Secret Societies among the Bafodea Limba of Northern Sierra Leone," in Thomas D. Blakely, Walter E.A. van Beek, and Dennis L. Thomson, eds. Religion in Africa. James Currey and Heinemann.

· Robert D. Pelton. 1980. The Trickster in West Africa: A Study of Mythic Irony and Sacred Delight. University of California Press.

· Lamine Sanneh. 1989. The Jakhanke Muslim Clerics: A Religious and Historical Study of Islam in Senegambia. University Press of America.

· Paul Stoller and Cheryl Olkes. 1987. In Sorcery's Shadow: A Memoir of Apprenticeship among the Songhay of Niger. Chicago University Press.

· Sheila S. Walker. 1983. The Religious Revolution in the Ivory Coast: The Prophet Harris and the Harrist Church. University of North Carolina Press.

· James Webster. 1964. African Churches among the Yourba, 1888-1922. Clarendon Press.

· John Ralph Willis, ed. 1979. Studies in West African Islamic History, Vol. I, The Cultivators of Islam. Frank Cass.

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