Religion and Spirituality in South Africa: New Perspectives

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Religion and spirituality are closely woven into the fabric of South African public and private life - though not always seamlessly. This book is concerned with the role of religion and spirituality in individual identity and belief, as well as in the public spheres of South African governance and policy-making. It brings together significant researchers from various disciplinary perspectives - ranging from law and politics to theology, literature, and media studies - with the aim of investigating new critical ...
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Overview

Religion and spirituality are closely woven into the fabric of South African public and private life - though not always seamlessly. This book is concerned with the role of religion and spirituality in individual identity and belief, as well as in the public spheres of South African governance and policy-making. It brings together significant researchers from various disciplinary perspectives - ranging from law and politics to theology, literature, and media studies - with the aim of investigating new critical approaches to religion and spirituality. The book seriously engages with the range and power of religious and spiritual discourses that run through individual and communal identification. It will stimulate further thought and work in this crucial area of South African - and postcolonial - study and life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781869141677
  • Publisher: University of Natal Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Religion, spirituality and the postcolonial : a perspective from the South Duncan Brown Brown, Duncan 1

Ch. 1 The South African Constitutional Court's reading of the right to freedom of religion Patrick Lenta Lenta, Patrick 27

Ch. 2 Faith-based organisations, local governance and citizenship in South Africa Laurence Piper Piper, Laurence 54

Ch. 3 Thabo Mbeki's Bible : the role of religion in the South African public realm after liberation Gerald West West, Gerald 78

Ch. 4 Islamisation and Muslim institutions/organisations in South Africa Suleman Dangor Dangor, Suleman 107

Ch. 5 The modern pagan witch : negotiating a contested religious identity in post-apartheid South Africa Dale Wallace Wallace, Dale 124

Ch. 6 The decline of Islamist discourse and the rise of new spiritualities in South African Islam? Tahir Fuzile Sitoto Sitoto, Tahir Fuzile 145

Ch. 7 Exorcising the past : voices for the present Michael Green Green, Michael 167

Ch. 8 Eastern mosaic : shades of Hindu women in South African media Subeshini Moodley Moodley, Subeshini 191

Ch. 9 Remembering the Bushmen : nostalgia and postcolonial spiritualities Dennis Walder Walder, Dennis 205

Ch. 10 'Speaking with our spirits' : the representation of religion in Marlene van Niekerk's Agaat Cheryl Stobie Stobie, Cheryl 219

Ch. 11 Building a new society using the building blocks of Ubuntu/Botho/Vhuthu Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane Mzamane, Mbulelo Vizikhungo 236

Ch. 12 The mediation of public and private selves in the performance of sermons and narratives of near-death experiences in the Nazarite Church Nkosinathi Sithole Sithole, Nkosinathi 249

Afterword Embedded knowledges andthe challenges of the postcolonial project Ahmed Bawa Bawa, Ahmed 266

Notes on contributors 281

Index 285

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