Aids and Religious Practice in Africa

Aids and Religious Practice in Africa

by Felicitas Becker
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004164006

ISBN-13: 9789004164000

Pub. Date: 02/23/2009

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

This volume explores how AIDS is understood, confronted and lived with through religious ideas and practices, and how these, in turn, are reinterpreted and changed by the experience of AIDS. Examining the social production, and productivity, of AIDS - linking bodily and spiritual experiences, and religious, medical, political and economic discourses - the papers

Overview

This volume explores how AIDS is understood, confronted and lived with through religious ideas and practices, and how these, in turn, are reinterpreted and changed by the experience of AIDS. Examining the social production, and productivity, of AIDS - linking bodily and spiritual experiences, and religious, medical, political and economic discourses - the papers counter simplified notions of causal effects of AIDS on religion (or vice versa). Instead, they display people’s resourcefulness in their struggle to move ahead in spite of adversity. This relativises the vision of doom widely associated with the African AIDS epidemic; and it allows to see AIDS, instead of a singular event, as the culmination of a century-long process of changing livelihoods, bodily well-being and spiritual imaginaries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004164000
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/23/2009
Series:
Studies of Religion in Africa Series, #36
Pages:
407
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Searching for Pathways in a Landscape of Death: Religion and AIDS in Africa Felicitas Becker P. Wenzel Geissler 1

New Departures In Christian Congregations of Long Standing

The Rise of Occult Powers, AIDS and the Roman Catholic Church in Western Uganda Heike Behrend 29

Christian Salvation and Luo Tradition: Arguments of Faith in a Time of Death in Western Kenya Ruth Prince 49

The New Wives of Christ: Paradoxes and Potentials in the Remaking of Widow Lives in Uganda Catrine Christiansen 85

Convergences and Contrasts In Muslims' Responses

AIDS and the Power of God: Narratives of Decline and Coping Strategies in Zanzibar Nadine Beckmann 119

Competing Explanations and Treatment Choices: Muslims, AIDS and ARVs in Tanzania Felicitas Becker 155

'Muslims Have Instructions': HIV/AIDS, Modernity and Islamic Religious Education in Kisumu, Kenya Jonas Svensson 189

Pentecostal Congregations Between Faith Healing and Condemnation

'Keeping Up Appearances': Sex and Religion amongst University Students in Uganda Jo Sadgrove 223

Healing the Wounds of Modernity: Salvation, Community and Care in a Neo-Pentecostal Church in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Hansjörg Dilger 255

Gloves in Times of AIDS: Pentecostalism, Hair and Social Distancing in Botswana Rijk van Dijk 283

Anti-Retroviral Treatment: Failures and Responses

Leprosy of a Deadlier Kind: Christian Conceptions of AIDS in the South African Lowveld Isak Niehaus 309

Subjects of Counselling: Religion, HIV/AIDS and the Management of Everyday Life in South Africa Marian Burchardt 333

Therapeutic Evangelism-Confessional Technologies, Antiretrovirals andBiospiritual Transformation in the Fight against AIDS in West Africa Vinh-Kim Nguyen 359

Conclusion John Lonsdale 379

Notes on Contributors 385

Index 389

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