Unraveling and Reweaving Sacred Canon in Africana Womanhood

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Rosetta E. Ross and Rose Mary Amenga-Etego
Feminist Studies and Sacred Texts
  • Lanham, MD: 
    Lexington Books
    , December
     232 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


In this collection, continental and diasporan African women interrogate the concept “sacred text” and analyze ways oral and written religious “texts” intersect with violence against African-descended women and girls. While the sanctioned idea of a sacred text is written literature, this project interrupts that conception by drawing attention to speech and other embodied practices that have sacral authority within the social imaginary. As a volume focused on religion and violence, essays in this collection analyze religions’ authorization of violence against women and girls; contest the legitimacy of some religious “texts”; and affirm other writing, especially memoir, as redemptive. Unraveling and Reweaving Sacred Canon in Africana Womanhood arises from three years of conversation of continental and diasporan women, most recently continued in the July 6-10, 2014 Consultation of African and African Disaporan Women in Religion and Theology and privileges experiences and contexts of continental and diasporan African women and girls. Interlocutors include African traditionalists, Christian Protestants and Catholics, Muslims, and women embodying hybrid practices of these and other traditions.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Rosetta E. Ross is professor of religion at Spelman College.

Rose Mary Amenga-Etego is senior lecturer in religious studies at the Department for the Study of Religions, University of Ghana, Legon.



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