Fall 2022

West African Religion as Philosophy

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-323  |  Religion, as RELI-223


Monika Brodnicka (Section 01)


(Offered as BLST 323, PHIL 215 and RELI 223) This course explores the structure, beliefs, and practices of West African indigenous religions with an eye to their deeper philosophical meanings. We will examine several West African religions from the perspective of experts and practitioners who present the underlying philosophy of these traditions, exploring their epistemology (how knowledge works) and metaphysics (the nature of being). We will focus on concepts of the person, the word, the world, and community as well as the important role of orality as the foundational paradigm of this philosophy. 

Fall semester. Visiting Professor Brodnicka.

How to handle overenrollment: null

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on close reading, class discussion, group work, oral presentations, writing, and creative project.

BLST 323 - LEC

Section 01
M 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM BARR 105
W 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM BARR 105

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Decolonizing African Religions: a short history of African religions in western scholarship Diasporic Africa Press: New York, 2011 Ocot p’Bitek Required Amherst Books TBD
African Religions: A Very Short Introduction, Vol. 377 Oxford University Press, 2014 Jacob Olupona Required Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Spring 2025