This writing-oriented course examines selected Christian and Muslim societies in Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries, the processes by which they became Christian and Muslim, and their adaptations of faith and practice to their own situations. The course relies on the concept of "conversion" to make sense of the varied forms of "translation" and "articulation" of these monotheistic religions into and with Africa and African Traditional Religions. Students will be introduced to various sources upon which they will base their research and presentation of varied identities fashioned and adapted through African engagements with Christianity and Islam.
Satisfies a major requirement in History and Africana Studies
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement