Let Us Start with Africa: Foundations of Rastafari Scholarship

Co-edited with Jahlani Niaah


Product Details

Paperback: 146 pages
Publisher: University of West Indies Press
Year: 2013

The collection Let Us Start with Africa: Foundations of Rastafari Scholarship commemorates the inaugural Rastafari Studies Conference, held in August 2010, and collects, for the first time, some of the main thinkers on Rastafari. It is an exciting and wide-ranging text that provides insights on the last fifty years of investigations into Rastafari. 

This book offers some of the most significant unpublished work from pioneering scholars of Rastafari as they examine the history, development and future of Rastafari scholarship. With a foreword by renowned Garvey scholar Rupert Lewis and a comprehensive introduction by the editors, this collection is essential reading for students of Rastafari studies, as well as African and Caribbean studies. Contributors: Roy Augier, Barry Chevannes, John Homiak, Erin MacLeod, Rex Nettleford, Jahlani Niaah, Mortimo Planno. Co-published with the Rastafari Studies Initiative, University of the West Indies.


Let us start with Africa: Foundations of Rastafari Scholarship is an important addition to Rastafari scholarship by renowned Rastafari scholars who have been instrumental in the development of the movement. It is an invaluable resource for anyone who seeks an insider’s view into the early years of the movement.
— Caribbean Quarterly
Jahlani Niaah and Erin MacLeod provide an invaluable resource for all who are interested in the Rastafari paradigm...Let Us Start With Africa is a must read for scholars of Rastafari, and suitable for graduates, undergraduates, and a lay audience interested in Rastafari, the Caribbean, race, and religion.
— New West Indian Guide