Religion and Politics in East Africa
The Period Since Independence
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Paperback / softback
Publisher: James Currey
Number of Pages: 288
Width: 13.8 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
This volume describes attempts by governments to manage religious affairs in both Muslim and Christian areas of East Africa. It also shows how religious denominations act in opposition to one-party state regimes; Islamic fundamentalism and its role before and after the end of the Cold War; and the part played by Christian churches operating as NGOs within the constraints of structural adjustment. North America: Ohio U Press; Uganda: Fountain Publishers; Kenya: EAEP
'... a welcome addition to the growing literature on religion and state in Africa and should be required reading for specialists and students of contemporary African society and politics.' - Hussein Ahmed in Journal of Islamic Studies 'What gives this volume its particular value for specialist and general reader alike is the overall emphasis given to the significance of the social and economic environment for the political salience of religion in the rapidly changing environment of the past twenty-five years... There is also a freshness to the discussions that reflects both the fruits of recent field work and the 'mix' of long established and newer scholars for which the editors are to be congratulated.' - Cherry Gertzel in Development & Change 'What this book suggests is just how much politico-religious history there has been between 1960 and 1990 and how little attempt has been made hitherto to put together a coherent account of it.' - Adrian Hastings in Journal of African History '... This is a collection which goes to the heart of very many east African problems, and calls for attention and careful study.' - Hugh Dinwiddy in Journal of Religion in Africa '...ranges freely across a mosaic of Christian, Islamic and independent religions bringing to light a number of fascinating insights, puzzles and paradoxes.' - Norman Etherington in ASA of Australasia & Pacific Newsletter '...there is a unity to this volume that is not present in many edited volumes.' - Edgar V. Winans in Journal of Developing Areas