Religion and Social Transformation in Southern Africa / Edition 1

Religion and Social Transformation in Southern Africa / Edition 1

by Thomas Walsh
     
 

ISBN-10: 1557787778

ISBN-13: 9781557787774

Pub. Date: 11/30/1999

Publisher: Paragon House Publishers

From Mahatma Gandhi to Bishop Desmond Tutu, religion has played a prominent role in the transformation of southern African societies. Emergence from the dark era of apartheid represents a beacon of hope for nations and peoples, rich and poor. South Africa's peaceful transition from such extreme conditions to its current efforts to establish a democracy will remain a…  See more details below

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From Mahatma Gandhi to Bishop Desmond Tutu, religion has played a prominent role in the transformation of southern African societies. Emergence from the dark era of apartheid represents a beacon of hope for nations and peoples, rich and poor. South Africa's peaceful transition from such extreme conditions to its current efforts to establish a democracy will remain a model to be studied and emulated.

This volume presents a spectrum of religious views from throughout southern Africa, many with a passion and level of engagement often difficult to find in scholarly approaches. The range, focus, and timeliness of this collection makes this book a worthy study, not just for those interested in southern Africa, but for readers interested in how religious and spiritual insights can directly influence political, social, and cultural reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557787774
Publisher:
Paragon House Publishers
Publication date:
11/30/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Quest for African Identity and the Concept of Nation-Building as Motives in the Reconstruction of South African Society1
South Africa's Search for Peace and Unity25
Religion and Democracy in South Africa: Can Religion Facilitate the Cause of Democracy in South Africa?53
The Function of Islam in the South African Political Process: Defining a Community in a Nation69
The Role of Hinduism in Addressing Human Rights Issues in South Africa87
The Role of Religion in the Transformation of Namibian Society: The Churches and Human Rights103
The Role of Multi-Religious Education in the Transformation of South African Society131
From Racial Oppression to Religious Oppression: African Religion in the New South Africa143
Indigenous Christianity and the Future of the Church in South Africa157
The Role of Religion in the Transformation of Southern African Societies: A South African Jewish Perspective175
A Hindu Perspective on the Transformation of Southern African Society191
Issues in Shona Religion: A Metaphysical Statement and Dialogical Analysis199
Swazi Royal Ceremonies and Religious Tolerance in the Kingdom of Swaziland209
The Role of Religion in the Transformation of Southern African Societies: The Botswana Case225
Eco-Stories and Transformation233

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