Dr. Yahya Jongintaba

Yahya Jongintaba

Yahya Jongintaba, Professor of Religion and Humanities, holds graduate degrees in music, religion, and naturopathy.  At the start of his academic career he taught Music at North Carolina Central University, Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School, and Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University.  Subsequently he held tenured professorships in African and African American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in American Studies and Music at the University of Richmond, where he also taught Leadership Studies and International Studies, and in Religion at the University of South Carolina.  Along the way he held a visiting professorship in American Studies at Ferris University in Japan, published a dozen books, and edited the Duke University Press journal Black Sacred Music: A Journal of Theomusicology.   He has researched widely on African American culture, inclusive of its African and Afro-Caribbean cultural linkages, including research in a dozen African countries (east, west, north, and south of the continent) and in three countries of the Caribbean.  Research in three countries in the Middle East and Asia yielded the further experience of living intimately among (and in some cased in the homes of) such religious peoples as Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Rastafarians, and African Hebrew Israelites.