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Introduction: Africa, The New African Diaspora, And Religious Transnationalism In A Global World

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The common American phrase "all politics are local" could just as easily be applied to religion. Religion does not live in the world as a vague abstraction. This chapter provides an overview of religions in this sub-continent, particularly the various Christianities about which most of our contributors write, the Pentecostal/charismatic churches and African Independent or Indigenous Churches (AICS), and dimensions of neo-traditional African religions. It also reviews several models of religious transnationalism, each of which focuses on a particular aspect of religions' cross-border activities - both in Africa and elsewhere.

Keywords: African diaspora; African Independent or Indigenous Churches (aics); charismatic churches; Christianities; Pentecostal churches; religious transnationalism



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