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Jacob Olupona. Professor of African-American and African Studies, University of California, Davis; he obtained his Ph.D. in religion from Boston University and taught at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria from 1983-90. He is the President of African Association for the Study of Religions. He also Chairs the American Academy of Religion's Committee on International Connections. Among his works are Religion, Kingship and Rituals in a Nigerian Community (Stockholm, 1991); African Traditional Religions in Contemporary Society (editor, Paragon 1991); Religious Pluralism in Africa: Essays in Honor of John Mbiti (co-edited with Suleyman Nyang; Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, 1993); Beyond Primitivism: Indigenous Religious Traditions and Modernity (forthcoming); and African Spirituality (Crossroad Press, In Press). He had served as Commonwealth Universities Academic Fellow (England), Senior Fellow, Harvard University, Center for the Study of Religions, and a Fulbright Visiting Professor. His research interests include African Traditional Religions, Indigenous Religious Traditions and Modernity, African Christianity and African Religion in the New World. Olupona is a recent recipient of John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the University of California Research Fellowship.


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