Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa

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Oxford University Press, Sep 7, 1995 - History - 448 pages
This is a study of the transplantation of a creed devised by and for African Americans--the African Methodist Episcopal Church--that was appropriated and transformed in a variety of South African contexts. Focusing on a transatlantic institution like the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the book studies the complex human and intellectual traffic that has bound African American and South African experience. It explores the development and growth of the African Methodist Episcopal Church both in South Africa and America, and the interaction between the two churches. This is a highly innovative work of comparative and religious history. Its linking of the United States and African black religious experiences is unique and makes it appealing to readers interested in religious history and black experience in both the United States and South Africa.
 

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Contents

BOOK ONE
1
BOOK TWO
101
BOOK THREE
213
Epilogue
328
Notes
337
Index
397
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