Wesley-Logan Prize Recipients
The Wesley-Logan Prize jointly sponsored by the AHA and the ASALH for an outstanding book on some aspect of the history of the dispersion, settlement, and adjustment, and the return of peoples originally from Africa. This award was established in 1993 and is awarded annually.
2014 Wesley-Logan Prize
Jacob S. Dorman, Univ. of Kansas
Chosen People: The Rise of American Black Israelite Religions (Oxford Univ. Press)
Chosen People is a bold, compelling history of Black “Israelite” religions among African-descended people in places as far afield as Kansas, Harlem, and Ethiopia. Highlighting Jewish, Christian, and Muslim ideas and practices, the book explores the dynamic, historically specific “bricolage” that made Black Israelite religions. It is a novel intervention in scholarly debates of cultural change in the African diaspora, a must-read for scholars of the African diaspora, religious studies, and cultural production.