Religious Encounter and the Making of the Yoruba (African Systems of Thought) (Paperback)

By J. D. y. Peel

Indiana University Press, 9780253215888, 440pp.

Publication Date: February 21, 2003

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In this magisterial book, J. D. Y. Peel contends that it is through their encounter with Christian missions in the mid-19th century that the Yoruba came to know themselves as a distinctive people. Peel's detailed study of the encounter is based on the rich archives of the Anglican Church Missionary Society, which contain the journals written by the African agents of mission, who, as the first generation of literate Yoruba, played a key role in shaping modern Yoruba consciousness. This distinguished book pays special attention to the experiences of ordinary men and women and shows how the process of Christian conversion transformed Christianity into something more deeply Yoruba.

About the Author

J. D. Y Peel is on the faculty of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He is author of Aladura and Ijeshas and Nigerians, for which he won the Herskovits Award. He has been editor of Africa and is former president of the African Studies Association of the United Kingdom.