MARY AFST 570: Introduction to East African
Literature: Focus on Religious Conflicts
An Introduction to East African literature with a focus on religious
ideas as reflected in oral and written materials. An hour of directed
field research for every hour of lecture is an integral part of the
The course will utilize the wealth of both African oral and written
literature to analyze the religious ideas of various African cultures.
Such issues as the nature of creation, the relationship between human
beings and their god, the religious and cultural similarity and
synthesis between African and Judeo-Christian and Islamic religious and
the tasks of contemporary church will be scrutinized. We will also have
individual and group field trips for research, attending theatre,
cultural activities and poetry reading.