Free to Be a Slave: Slavery as a Metaphor in the Afro-Atlantic Religions

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Whereas most African Americans and most university scholars regard enslavement as a demeaning condition, many African or African-inspired religions represent slaves as powerful and social hierarchy as a normal condition of life. Indeed, Christianity and Islam valorize slavery and the slave is ways that we seldom highlight or recognize as shaping publicly accepted conduct even in recent times.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Matory, JL

Cited Editors

  • Palmie, S

Published Date

  • 2008

Volume / Issue

  • 33 /

Book Title

  • Africas of the Americas: Beyond the Search for Origins in the Study of Afro-Atlantic Religions

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International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9789004164727