The Law and the Prophets: Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1968-1977

The Law and the Prophets: Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1968-1977

by Daniel R. Magaziner, Daniel Magaziner

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“No nation can win a battle without faith,” Steve Biko wrote, and as Daniel R. Magaziner demonstrates in The Law and the Prophets, the combination of ideological and theological exploration proved a potent force.

The 1970s are a decade virtually lost to South African historiography. This span of years bridged the banning and exile of the country’s best-known antiapartheid leaders in the early 1960s and the furious protests that erupted after the Soweto uprisings of June 16, 1976. Scholars thus know that something happened—yet they have only recently begun to explore how and why.

The Law and the Prophets is an intellectual history of the resistance movement between 1968 and 1977; it follows the formation, early trials, and ultimate dissolution of the Black Consciousness movement. It differs from previous antiapartheid historiography, however, in that it focuses more on ideas than on people and organizations. Its singular contribution is an exploration of the theological turn that South African politics took during this time. Magaziner argues that only by understanding how ideas about race, faith, and selfhood developed and were transformed in this period might we begin to understand the dramatic changes that took place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821443309
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2010
Series: New African Histories
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 652 KB

About the Author

Daniel Magaziner teaches South African and nineteenth- and twentieth-century African history at Yale University. He is the author of The Law and the Prophets: Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1968–1977.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: The Seventies Part I: Making Black Consciousness 1: Sophiatown after the Fall 2: “Black man, you are on your own!” 3: The Age of Philosophers Part II: Emergent Gospel 4: Church, State, and the Death of God 5: Christ in Context 6: The South African Voice Part III: The Movement 7: “I write what I like” 8: The Age of Politics 9: Keeping Faith with the Black Messiah Conclusion: Yesterday Is a Foreign Country Notes Bibliography Index

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