West Africa's Women of God begins with an overview of precolonial Senegal in order to present the story of Alinesitoué Diatta, a young Diola woman who followed her call as a prophet in the mid-twentieth century. But, as the commentary to follow reveals, Baum has included a noteworthy summary of the history of Senegal between the lines of Diatta's biography. This set of roundtable remarks together consider the impact of Baum's latest work while offering a useful overview of the way the book addresses key theories and works in the study of Africana religion. The book also contributes new perspectives on broader issues such as gender, power and control, leadership, activism, environmentalism, war resistance, ritual and ethics, justice, colonization, the healing of disease—and the list goes on.

A synopsis of the book will help elucidate the impact of Baum's work that the commentary to follow highlights. Baum begins the book...

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