Black Buddhism as Religio-Racial Identity in the Early Twentieth Century
Adeana McNicholl, Vanderbilt University
September 21, 2020 · 4:30 pm-6:00 pm · via Zoom
Department of Religion
Virtual Lounge Seminar
Adeana McNicholl is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on early South Asian Buddhism and Buddhism and race in North America.
This talk brings together the histories of the transmission of Buddhism to the United States, the emergence of new Black religio-racial movements in the early twentieth century, and the geopolitics of World War II. I trace the religious and racial formations of a single figure, Sufi Abdul Hamid (1903–1938), attending to both how Hamid understood his own religio-racial identity and how that identity was constructed by others following his death.
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