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date: 28 January 2021

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This essay focuses on the emergence of an alternative pedagogy in the United States, one that embraces African American women involved in all the disciplines of religious study where they used to be excluded. It shows how African American women have contributed to the study of religion and considers three major concepts around which engaged theological scholarship is organized: historical ethos, embodied pathos, and communal logos. It also discusses how womanist pedagogy was made possible by black women who have been challenging conventional and outmoded dominant religious resources so as to deconstruct ideologies that contribute to their own oppression.

Keywords: African American women, religious study, religion, theological scholarship, historical ethos, embodied pathos, communal logos, womanist pedagogy

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