Banning Black Gods

Law and Religions of the African Disapora
Pennsylvania State University Press
  • erscheint ca. am 19. März 2021
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 248 Seiten
978-0-271-08930-0 (ISBN)
Banning Black Gods is a global examination of the legal challenges faced by adherents of the most widely practiced African-derived religions in the twenty-first century, including Obeah, Santeria/Lucumi, Candomble, Palo Mayombe, Rastafari, Islam, Vodou, and Voodoo. Examining court cases, laws, human rights reports, and related materials, Danielle N. Boaz argues that restrictions on African diaspora religious freedom constitute a unique and pervasive form of anti-black discrimination.

Emphasizing that these twenty-first century cases and controversies are not a new phenomenon but rather a reemergence of colonial-era ideologies and patterns of racially motivated persecution, Boaz focuses each chapter on a particular challenge to black religious freedom. She examines issues such as violence against devotees, restrictions on the ritual slaughter of animals, limitations on the custodial rights of parents, and judicial refusals to recognize these faiths as protected religions. Boaz scrutinizes in conversation with one another controversies that have not been previously regarded as analogous. For example, she examines the right of Palo Mayombe devotees to possess remains of the dead, and she addresses the right of individuals to wear headscarves and dreadlocks in schools. Framing these issues in comparative perspectives and focusing on transnational and transregional issues, Boaz advances our understanding of the larger human rights disputes that country-specific studies can overlook.

Original and compelling, this important new book will be welcomed by students and scholars of African diaspora religions and discerning readers interested in learning more about the history of racial discrimination
  • Englisch
  • University Park
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  • USA
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
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1 Charts
  • Höhe: 229 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
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  • Dicke: 24 mm
  • 576 gr
978-0-271-08930-0 (9780271089300)

Danielle N. Boaz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
"Banning Black Gods is an original and venturesome text, testing just how far the concept of religious freedom might be extended. In these troubling times, this book will become an indispensable guide to help us understand the socio-legal realities for adherents of African derived religions and the grounds on which legal protections are either offered or denied. Written in an accessible style, this book analyzes the legal and social landscape in many countries."-Kathleen M. Moore, author of The Unfamiliar Abode: Islamic Law in the United States and Britain

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