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African Religions and Philosophy

African Religions and Philosophy - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0435895914

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Publisher: Heinemann
Published: 1989
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African Religions and Philosophy - 2ND 89 edition

ISBN13: 978-0435895914

John S. Mbiti

ISBN13: 978-0435895914
ISBN10: 0435895915
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 89
Publisher: Heinemann

Published: 1989
International: No
Summary

African Religions and Philosophy is a systematic study of the attitudes of mind and belief that have evolved in the many societies of Africa. In this second edition, Dr Mbiti has updated his material to include the involvement of women in religion, and the potential unity to be found in what was once thought to be a mass of quite separate religions.

Mbiti adds a new dimension to the understanding of the history, thinking, and life throughout the African continent. Religion is approached from an African point of view but is as accessible to readers who belong to non-African societies as it is to those who have grown up in African nations.

Since its first publication, this book has become acknowledged as the standard work in the field of study, and it is essential reading for anyone concerned with African religion, history, philosophy, anthropology or general African studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Study of African Religions and Philosophy

3. The Concept of Time as a Key to the Understanding and Interpretation of African Religions and Philosophy

4. The Nature of God

5. The Works of God

6. God and Nature

7. The Worship of God

8. Spiritual Beings, Spirits and the Living-Dead

9. The Creation and Original State of Man

10. Ethnic Groups, Kinship and the Individual

11. Birth and Childhood

12. Initiation and Puberty Rites

13. Marriage and Procreation

14. Death and the Hereafter

15. Specialists: Medicine-Men, Rainmakers, Kings, and Priests

16. Mystical Power, Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery

17. The Concepts of Evil, Ethics and Justice

18. Changing Man and His Problems

19. Christianity, Islam and other Religions in Africa

20. The Search for New Values, Identity, and Security.


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