Invisible Women: On Women and Gender in the Study of African American Religious History
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Abstract:

In this essay I consider major themes in the scholarly treatment of African American women’s religious history and explore how particular emphases in the broader field of African American religious history have marginalized women’s experiences and contributions. I argue that mobilizing African American women’s religious history and placing it at the center of our historical inquiry allows us to interrogate themes and foci that structure the accepted narrative of African American religious history. Moving beyond an approach that simply adds women to that accepted story, I suggest ways in which examining African American women’s religious experiences might open up rich areas for research and new ways of conceiving the very shape of the field.