Religions and society in southern Africa

proceedings of the BOLESWA Conference held at the National University of Lesotho, 27th-28th February, 2003
  • 41 Pages
  • 4.90 MB
  • English
National University of Lesotho , Roma, Lesotho
Statementedited by Simon Z. Mawondo , Roman Meinhold, Francis C. L. Rakotsoane.
SeriesOccasional papers in theology and religion -- vol. 2, no. 1
ContributionsMawondo, Simon Z., Meinhold, Roman., Rakotsoane, Lobiane Francis., National University of Lesotho.
The Physical Object
Pagination41 p. ;
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23178080M
LC Control Number2006315419

This book, the Savage system by David Chidester highlighting colonialism and comparative religion in Southern Africa has proven the validity of Edward Said's thesis on Orientalism. In his Foucauldian work Orientalism.

Said affirms that orientalism is an attempt to understand society group along with its culture in a way they look by: David Chidester is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is the author of "Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture" (UC Press), "Savage Systems: Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa", "Christianity: A Global History", "Salvation and Suicide: Jim Jones, the Peoples.

He is the author and editor of many books, including "African Spirituality, Beyond Primitivism," and "African Traditional Religions in Contemporary Society," Terry Rey is associate professor of religion at Temple University.

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He is the author of "Our Lady of Class Struggle: The Cult of the Virgin Mary in Haiti and Bourdieu on Religion. HTS Religion & Society Series Volume 6. Spirit World, Power, Community, Holism.

The Language of Faith in Southern Christian in Southern Africa is to pay close attention to people’s language of these distinguishing concepts that colour language of faith in Southern Africa, this book contributes to future projects of both fellow.

This book is a result of a joint conference, which was held from 18thnd July under the theme Religion, Citizenship and Development – Southern African Perspectives." The theme of the conference was adopted in order to underline the importance and significance of religion in the socio-economic development of people in the world.

This assault has been conducted in books (e.g., Paul Gifford’s The Religious Right in Southern Africa), newsletters (e.g., Crisis News), on the pages of prestigious academic journals (e.g., Journal of Theology for Southern Africa), and through the putative research of mainline religious organizations such as the Institute for Contextual Theology.

Read this book on Questia. It is quite evident that African traditional religion plays an important role in shaping the character of African society and culturethis tradition continues to suffer from lack of acceptance and inadequate understanding of its central tenets and essence.

The study of Africa's traditional religion and the environment can be termed the ecology of religion. The complexity of the relationship between environment and religion in indigenous and contemporary African cultures and societies requires a more multidisciplinary approach that draws from a variety of sources, approaches, and epistemological positions: phenomenology, ecology, geography of.

Compiled to mark the bicentenary of the London Missionary Society in Southern Africa, this volume provides an assessment of the work and legacy of the Society, which played a critical role in the politics and societies of the subcontinent and whose leading figure -- like David Livingstone, Robert Moffat, and John Philip -- were major historical actors in their day.

Christianity was the first world religion on the continent and spread across north Africa from the 1st century C.E.

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Islam supplanted Christianity in the region in the 7th century. As a result of the influence of Christian missionaries and western colonialism, Christianity became firmly entrenched in most of Africa.

RELIGION AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION IN AFRICA: A CRITICAL AND APPRECIATIVE PERSPECTIVE1 Obaji M Agbiji & Ignatius Swart Research Institute for Theology and Religion University of South Africa Abstract Religion constitutes an inextricable part of African society.

"Religion and spirituality are closely woven into the fabric of South African public and private life - though not always seamlessly or in matching thread. This book is concerned with the role of religion and spirituality in individual identity and belief, as well as in the public spheres of governance and policy-making.

It brings together significant researchers from various disciplinary. Indigenous Religion (AIR) in Africa. It is essentially a postcolonial approach to what AIR and its essential characteristics is: God and humanity, sacrifices, afterlife and ancestors.

The rapid growth of many religions in Africa and the revival of AIR in postcolonial Africa have made inter-religious dialogue an urgent necessity. Seeks an understanding of one result of the syncretism of Southern African Christianity, namely, the increasing evidence among African Christians of ancestor veneration, belief in possession by alien spirits, dance-induced trancing, and witch beliefs the significance of this volume lies in the fact that South African anthropologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and theologians.

In his recent book, Imperial Encounters (), Peter van der Veer has neatly formulated this conventional opposition with respect to religion and modernity in nineteenth-century India and Britain.

“India is a deeply religious, traditional society, whereas Britain is a deeply secular, modern society. South Africa is called the rainbow nation because of its variety of people, cultures and religions.

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The people follow many spiritual traditions and religious faiths. In South Africa the constitution protects freedom of religion.

Everyone is free to follow whatever faith they want to, or not to follow one at all. “African society” and “African experience”, which tend to combine all the peoples of the vast continent of Africa into one, and ignore the differences of culture, belief and practise. In the same way, we must be careful of a generalised use of “African theology” and surely also of “African Spirituality.”.

History. A diverse variety of African Traditional Religions of the early Khoisan and later Bantu speakers were practiced in the region prior to contact with European seafarers and settlers.

The first symbols of Christianity in southern Africa were in the form of crosses planted along the coast by early Portuguese seafarers. With the establishment of a trading post at the Cape of Good Hope by.

Savage Systems examines the emergence of the concepts of "religion"and "religions" on colonial frontiers. The book offers a detailed analysis of the ways in which European travelers, missionaries, settlers, and government agents, as well as indigenous Africans, engaged in the comparison of alternative religious ways of life as one dimension of intercultural contact.

"African Religions and Philosophy" is a systematic study of the attitudes of mind and belief that have evolved in the many societies of Africa. In this second edition, Dr Mbiti has updated his material to include the involvement of women in religion, and the potential unity to be found in what was once thought to be a mass of quite separate religions.4/5(4).

Other notable Christian belief systems in South Africa include the Methodist Christian with a % of the population and the Charismatic Christians with a fascinating %. Islam. Islam, though a minor religion, was introduced by the Dutch settlers’ Cape Malay slaves and constitutes % of the total population in the country.

Religion in Africa is multifaceted and has been a major influence on art, culture andthe continent's various populations and individuals are mostly adherents of Christianity, Islam, and to a lesser extent several traditional African Christian or Islamic communities, religious beliefs are also sometimes characterized with syncretism with the beliefs and practices.

Islam in West Africa Beginning and growth of Islam in modern Ghana Byron Earhart states in his foreword to E. Thomas Lawson‟s book Religions of Africa () “To be born into African society is to be born into a culture that is intensely and.

In a changing South Africa, recovering the meaning and power of African tradition is a matter of crucial importance. This work participates in that recovery by providing a comprehensive guide to research on the indigenous religious heritage of this dynamic country. Detailed reviews of over books, articles, and theses are offered along with introductory essays and detailed annotations that.

Book Description: This book consists of classic articles on African Traditional Religion by eminent scholars in the field. It has six sections. It has six sections. The first one deals with definitions and how the African perceives his world; the second looks at ATR in terms of its academic, historical, western and methodological perspectives.

Religions in Contemporary Africa is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the three main religious traditions on the African continent, African indigenous religions, Christianity and book provides a historical overview of these important traditions and focuses on the roles they play in African societies today.

Religion is a controversial issue in world affairs. Especially in Africa, religion has been at the heart of much of the contemporary conflicts. Religion is often depicted as a trigger factor in many conflicts.

Religion is also often being blamed as a. 11 South Africa ratified the CEDAW in and presented its first Country Report in Country reports on the CEDAW are available on UN DAW [date unknown] 12 The Optional Protocol was signed by South Africa on 18 October and came into force on 18 January   Photo Credit: Worship service at the AFM Word and Life in Boksburg South Africa.

Photo by Tommy Ackerman, via Wikimedia Commons. [i] Ivor Chipkin and Annie Leatt, “Religion and Revival in Post-Apartheid South Africa”, Focus: the Journal of the Helen Suzman Society No 62 August page [ii] R.W. Johnson, How Long Will South Africa. This tightly constructed and vigorously written book—a collaboration of thirty specialists working in seven countries—situates Christianity for the first time in the broad political, social, and economic context of South African history; it also traces a variety of religious movements and their histories both before and during : Paperback.

Subtitled “Blood and Bad Dreams: A South African Explores the Madness in His Country, His Tribe and Himself”, this book was a bestseller in South Africa and elsewhere when it came out in By a member of one of Afrikanerdom’s leading apartheid families, it goes into the heart of darkness of a country in turmoil.

Southern Africa, southernmost region of the African continent, comprising the countries of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The island nation of Madagascar is excluded because of .In this lesson, we explore the multifaceted religious systems present in Africa, from the indigenous religions, which still influence many on the continent, to Islam and Christianity, which many.