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Long, Charles H. (b. 1926)

Through more than 40 years of teaching, lectures, and writings, Charles H. Long has influenced hundreds if not thousands of scholars in religious studies, African American studies, sociology, and related disciplines. In the field of history of religions, he is arguably the preeminent African American scholar. His career began at the University of Chicago as a professor of history of religions, where he served as chair of the field as well as chair of the Committee on African Studies. His seminal volume, Significations: Signs, Symbols, and Images in the Interpretation of Religion, is widely recognized as an insightful articulation of how religion and the field of religious studies are to be understood within the hegemonic structures of western European culture, particularly in the Americas.

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