Bonds, Boundaries, and Bondage of Faith

Nigerian faith traditions are stronger than ever, but divisiveness and violence have increased. The author reflects on Nigeria’s history and proposes steps to help religions assume a productive role in society. By Jacob K. Olupona

Religion in Africa and the Diaspora Summer/Autumn 2013


The Silent Voices of African Divination

The special rapport between diviner and spirit is frequently expressed as twinning; likewise, voiceless creatures are employed in divination because they illustrate the wisdom of quiet elders. By Philip M. Peek

Habitations of the Sacred

Global Africana communities negotiate theories of health and healing, utilizing diverse strategies to achieve physical, spiritual, and ontological stability. By Tracey E. Hucks


Dark-skinned migrants and asylum seekers in an economically precarious Greece are subject to violent attacks and inhumane treatment. By Hans Lucht


What Ghana Taught King

Attending Ghana’s 1957 independence ceremony inspired and influenced Martin Luther King Jr. By Josslyn Jeanine Luckett

MLK speaking from the center of a crowd

Waking from a Dream

We honor Martin Luther King Jr. by applying his moral vision in the contemporary moment. By Jonathan L. Walton

An Equilibrist Vodou Goddess

The Vodou spirit Ezili Freda represents an image of femininity defined by Haiti’s complex history. By Eziaku Atuama Nwokocha

The Myth of Purity

The idea of purity in Yoruba-derived traditions needs to be challenged and complicated. By Ayodeji Ogunnaike

In Review


Pilgrims: Progress and Regress in Three African Memoirs

Reflecting on the trope of pilgrimage in recent memoirs by Chinua Achebe, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, and Lamin Sanneh. By Devaka Premawardhana


An African Ecological Ethics of Invitation

An African’s take on Journey of the Universe. By Mohammed Girma


Ethiopian Lives and Liturgies

Ethiopian lives and liturgies at home in North America. By Kay Kaufman Shelemay


Writing Africa into Islamic Studies

An Interview with Ousmane Oumar Kane. By Lisanne Norman


Two Poems


To Buy a Pair of Shoes

By Kwame Dawes


By Clifton Gachagua

Effective Immediately

By Gabeba Baderoon


Summer/Autumn 2013 issue cover

Lost and Found in Translation

Whether planned or accidental, desired or dreaded, the passage from one place to another, one life stage to another, or one state or status to another, often figures centrally in the stories we tell about our lives. By Michael Jackson


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