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January 2012

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Call for Proposals

Our main session is "Islam in the African Diaspora." This is a prearranged roundtable. We are also planning a prearranged cosponsored session with the African Religions Group entitled "Teaching African and African Diaspora Religions."


This Group endorses the study of African diaspora religions beyond its traditional parameters to include broader geographies, histories, and cultures of people of African descent and the way they shaped the religious landscape, not only in the Caribbean and the Americas, but also in Europe and Asia. This study defines “diaspora” as the spread and dispersal of people of African descent — both forced and voluntary — through the slave trade, imperial and colonial displacements, and postcolonial migrations. This Group emphasizes the importance of an interdisciplinary approach and is central to its vision. The aim is to engage a wide range of disciplines and a variety of scholars who work on different aspects of African diaspora religions. It considers the linguistic and cultural complexities of the African diaspora, and considers the importance of African traditional religions, Afro-Christianity, Afro-Islam, and Afro-Judaism, the way they they have and continue to inform an understanding of Africa, and also the way they have and continue to shape the religious landscape of the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to Chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection.


Maha Marouan
University of Alabama
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Method of Submission


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