Revealing Prophets: Prophecy In Eastern African History

Revealing Prophets: Prophecy In Eastern African History

by David M. Anderson, Douglas H. Johnson
     
 

This book examines the richly textured histories of prophets and prophecies within East Africa. It gives an analytical account of the significantly different forms prophecy has taken over the past century across the country.

Each of the chapters takes a new look at the active dialogue between prophets and the communities whom they addressed. This dialogue

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This book examines the richly textured histories of prophets and prophecies within East Africa. It gives an analytical account of the significantly different forms prophecy has taken over the past century across the country.

Each of the chapters takes a new look at the active dialogue between prophets and the communities whom they addressed. This dialogue continues today as the politicians and activists throughout the region still look to prophetic traditions, garnering interpretations of the past in order to provide the validation of prophetic wisdom and heroes for the present.

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“Innovative in their analytical use of oral data but traditional in their rigour. The original insight which perceived the need for a reassessment of the role is gloriously vindicated. One could build a really lively course, which raised theoretical and historiographical and interpretative problems.”

— P.W.T. Baxter, formerly University of Manchester

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An account of the significantly different forms prophecy has taken over the past century across the region through an examination of the active dialogue between prophets and the communities whom they addressed, including the Maasai, Kalenjin, Kikuyu, and Zande peoples. This dialogue continues today as the politicians and activists throughout the region still look to prophetic traditions. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821410882
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
04/15/1995
Series:
Eastern African Studies Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
15.00(w) x 23.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1520L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

David M. Anderson is a historian at St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford. He is the author of Eroding the Commons, co-editor of Revealing Prophets, and The Poor Are Not Us.

Douglas H. Johnson is a research fellow, St. Antony's College, Oxford. He is coeditor of The Ecology of Survival.

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