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Robert M. Baum
Iowa State University of Science and Technology (Ames, IA 50011-2000)
Messengers of God: Alinesitoue and the History of a Diola Prophetic Tradition in West Africa

I will conduct one month of field research and the remaining two months completing a book manuscript on the history of an indigenous West African tradition of prophetic revelation from the Diola supreme being. Initially an all-male phenomena, it has become, since the French conquest of Senegal, a predominantly female prophetic tradition with over fifty different people claiming to be prophets.

Project fields:
History of Religion

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2005 – 8/31/2005