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African Gifts of the Spirit

Pentecostalism and the Rise of a Zimbabwean Transnational Religious Movement

African Gifts of the Spirit

Pentecostalism and the Rise of a Zimbabwean Transnational Religious Movement

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Publisher: James Currey
ISBN: 9780852559666
Number of Pages: 320
Published: 14/12/2006
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
David Maxwell traces the transformation of the prophet Ezekiel Guti and his prayer band from small beginnings in the townships of the 1950s into the present day transnational business enterprise, which is now Zimbabwe Assemblies of God, Africa (ZAOGA). In particular, this book illuminates Africa's relations with American Christianities, black and white. DAVID MAXWELL is Senior Lecturer at the University of Keele North America: Ohio U Press; Zimbabwe: Weaver Press

David Maxwell

David Maxwell, Senior Lecturer at the University of Keele, was Editor of the Journal of Religion in Africa

"'... a path breaking major work tracing the tangled roots of a significant religious movement in Zimbabwe and beyond and setting it in the worldwide web of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. Richly documented, it explores the relation between social rupture of conversion, and links changes to the movement to historical events from the Great Depression to the rise of independence, and the impact of neo-liberalism. It is a required read.' - David Martin, Professor Emeritus, LSE 'The combination of history with fascinating participatory material makes the book the best and most illuminating account ever written of an African initiated church... a very important book and a remarkable work of scholarship.' - Terence Ranger, Professor Emeritus, University of Oxford 'Few books on African Christianity match its scope and intellectual rigour. Among the histories of African 'independent' churches it is without a rival. It will define the field of Pentecostal studies for years to come.' - Harri Englund, University of Cambridge"

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