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    Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  Dec 14, 2017
2017-2018 SGPP Catalog and Handbook
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AFST530 African Traditional Religion: Major Beliefs, Practices, & Contemporary Forms (4 cr.)

The course is designed to introduce students to an African world view and African religious heritage. The purpose of the course is to teach about religion as a social and cultural factor. The students are exposed to different theories, both from the traditional African societies and to those originating from the upsurge of the twentieth century. The course also seeks to see how African religious traditions can and must be a springboard for any religious dialogue with Africans. The students are required to compare and contrast what they learn in class and what they observe in the community through professional quality field research. The students should try to answer such questions as the following: What does African traditional religions have to contribute to the whole humanity today? What role does religion play in African society today? Must Africans always look for proofs and justification for their existence?

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