AAST 125:
african american
religious traditions


Course Description


African American religious traditions make up a wide range of beliefs and practices by persons of African descent. This course is an introductory course in religious history designed to trace the African American religious experience from the trans-Atlantic slave trade up to the present. We will study practices of voodoo and hoodoo, Islam and Christianity, and humanism among African Americans. This course pays particular attention to African American forms of ritual, music, literature, and creative expression.

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Johari Jabir
Assistant Professor of African American Studies

Contact Info

Office: ​​1223 UH
Email: jjabir@uic.edu

Curriculum Vitae


What Does African American American Studies Mean to You?

"The interdisciplinary nature of African American Studies allows my work as an artist, scholar, and teacher to function as one organic project with interacting elements. My questions of race, religion, and empire emerge out of my artistic practice. The music informs my topics of study, "how" I theorize my questions, and my pedagogy. In this instance, African American studies is uniquely positioned to serve as my intellectual home." --Johari Jabir

Course Information

3 hours. Same as RELS 125. Previously listed as AAST 120. 

Requirements Met

Past Course
US Society Course

Diasporic & Transnational Studies

When is it Offered?

Fall Semester