Starred Review. With more than 68 books and 300 articles to his credit, Asante (Temple Univ.) is the most published African American scholar. Here, with longtime collaborator Mazama (also of Temple Univ.), he elevates the African religious experience above its common Western identification with primitive or tribal religions found in much broader works.
This book seeks to communicate to both a global and local audience, the key attributes of pre-industrial African metallurgy such as technological variation across space and time, methods of mining and extractive metallurgy and the fabrication of metal objects. These processes were transformative in a physical and metaphoric sense, which made them total social facts.