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Religion and African Civil Wars - N. Kastfelt

Religion and African Civil Wars

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Published: 1st March 2005
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This collection analyzes the part played by religion - Christianity, Islam, and tradition beliefs - in Africa's recent civil wars and insurgent conflicts. The contributors focus on four key areas of the continent: the southern Sudan; Rwanda/Burundi/Congo; Zimbabwe/South Africa; and Sierra Leone/Liberia/Guinea. Among the topics discussed are the role of religious institutions in these conflicts, how religion is used to legitimize violence and war, the role of religion in debating and making sense of war and conflict, and the application of religion as a cultural resource in warfare. The religious consequences of civil wars, in particular how war changes religious beliefs and practice, how war and violence generate their own new religious movements and ideas, and the part religion plays in healing the wounds of civil strife are also examined.

The Role of Religion in African Civil Wars
Preface
The Contributors
Religion and African Civil Wars: Themes and Interpretations
Spiritual Fragments of an Unfinished War
Finding Meaning Amid the Chaos: Narratives of Significance in the Sudanese Church
Churches and Social Upheaval in Rwanda and Burundi: Explaining Failures to Oppose Ethnic Violence
The Villagisation of Khinshasa and the Christian Healing Churches as People's Means to Domesticate Rampant Violence
Green Book Millenarians? The Sierra Leone War within the Perspective of an Anthropology of Religion
Masked Violence: Ritual Action and the Perception of Violence in an Upper Guinea Ethnic Conflict
'Survival, Revival and Resistance': Continuity and Change in Zimbabwe's Post-War Religion and Politics
Index
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ISBN: 9781403968906
ISBN-10: 140396890X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1