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Constructing Religion, Defining Crime

Constructing Religion, Defining Crime

What do we mean when we talk about “religion”? And how do we distinguish “religion” from “superstition” or “witchcraft”? Most importantly, who gets to decide what counts as a religion and what is a superstition – or a crime? In the early modern period (1500-1800), […]

Missionaries & Maroons

Missionaries & Maroons

On August 7, 1755, George Caries, the first Moravian missionary to Jamaica, visited the maroon town of Accompong. The Jamaican maroons, mostly escaped slaves who had built a series of towns and their own form of government in the interior of the island, had won […]

Caribbean Reformations

Caribbean Reformations

Caribbean Reformations begins from the understanding that in the Caribbean, enslaved and freed Africans had to fight their way into Protestant churches – in many cases facing intense resistance from white Protestant slave owners. As they did so, they challenged and transformed European Protestant ideas […]


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