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Development and Politics from Below : Exploring Religious Spaces in the African State - Barbara Bompani

Development and Politics from Below

Exploring Religious Spaces in the African State

By: Barbara Bompani (Editor), Maria Frahm-Arp (Editor)

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Published: 16th July 2010
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The editors of this volume pose major challenges to the research community: to re-evaluate the concepts, assumptions and methods that may veil rather than illuminate contemporary African societies and to develop a better understanding of the relationships between religion, politics, development and modernity. The authors of the individual chapters make a valuable contribution to this research agenda by examining aspects of the place of religion in public spaces; how religions function and shape people's lives, communities and organizations; and the role of religion in the sphere of health.'---Carole Rakodi, Director of the Religion and Development Research Programme, International Development Department, University of Birmingham, UK

`This groundbreaking volume makes a significant contribution to an emerging field in Development Studies. Drawing from a variety of disciplines, its wide-ranging and original set of essays demonstrates the centrality of religious ideas and practices - Traditional, Christian and Islamic - to contemporary African popular culture and their capacity to shape public life and politics. Focusing on the beliefs and passions of ordinary religious adherents, the essays make a compelling case for a holistic human centred model of development and highlight the inadequacy of hitherto dominant western secular models. The collection is required reading for policy makers, practitioners and researchers working in development.'---David Maxwell, Professor of African History, Keele University, UK

In what ways and senses does religion endure? In what ways has development failed Africa? How can we build effective African politics from below? These are some of the questions explored in this volume, which seeks to analyze the shifting and complex sets of relationships that exist between religion, politics and development in Africa.

Modernist and secularist thinking has long predicted that religion would be rendered irrelevant, to be sidestepped, ignored or eliminated. However, this is not the case in twenty-first-century Africa. Religion plays an increasingly important role in politics and development. This volume captures the dynamism and power of religion in Africa. In doing so it aims to move beyond narrow conceptualisations of `politics' and `development' and public and private spaces in order to uncover the meaning of modern religion in Africa and the many ways it is embedded in millions of Africans' everyday struggles to survive, sustain themselves and make sense of the modern world.

'The editors of this volume pose major challenges to the research community: to re-evaluate the concepts, assumptions and methods that may veil rather than illuminate contemporary African societies and to develop a better understanding of the relationships between religion, politics, development and modernity. The authors of the individual chapters make a valuable contribution to this research agenda by examining aspects of the place of religion in public spaces; how religions function and shape people's lives, communities and organizations; and the role of religion in the sphere of health.' - Carole Rakodi, Director of the Religion and Development Research Programme, International Development Department, University of Birmingham, UK



'This groundbreaking volume makes a significant contribution to an emerging field in Development Studies. Drawing from a variety of disciplines, its wide-ranging and original set of essays demonstrates the centrality of religious ideas and practices - Traditional, Christian and Islamic - to contemporary African popular culture and their capacity to shape public life and politics. Focusing on the beliefs and passions of ordinary religious adherents, the essays make a compelling case for a holistic human centred model of development and highlight the inadequacy of hitherto dominant western secular models. The collection is required reading for policy makers, practitioners and researchers working in development.'- David Maxwell, Professor of African History, Keele University, UK

Forewardp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. xi
Introduction: Development and politics from Below: New Conceptual Interpretationsp. 1
'Challenging the Secular: Religion and Public Spaces'
Development and Invisible Worldsp. 23
The Mbuliuli Principle: what is in a Name?p. 40
Muslim Shrines in Cape Town: Religion and Post-Apartheid Public Spheresp. 56
Remaking Society from Within: Extraversion and the Social Forms of Female Muslim Activism in Urban Malip. 74
'Religion Between State and Society'
Da æwa and Politics in West Africa: Muslim Jama' at and Non-Governmental Organizations in Ghana, Sierre Leone and the Gambiap. 99
Faith-based Organization, the State and Politics in Tanzaniap. 131
Burying Life: Pentecostal Religion and Development in Urban Mozambiquep. 152
'Health Care Provision: Reflections on Religion'
Health and the used of Religion: Recovering the political Proper?p. 175
Marshalling the Powers: The Challenge of Everyday Religion for Developmentp. 197
Sacred Struggles: The World Council of Churches and the HIV Epidemic in Africap. 218
Conclusion: Reflections on Modernization without Secularizationp. 240
Indexp. 252
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ISBN: 9780230237759
ISBN-10: 0230237754
Series: Non-Governmental Public Action
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 257
Published: 16th July 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1