ISBN-10:
0198233671
ISBN-13:
9780198233671
Pub. Date:
07/28/1997
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Nuer Prophets

Nuer Prophets

by Douglas H. Johnson

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Nuer Prophets

This is the first major study of the Nuer based on primary research since Evans-Pritchard's classic Nuer Religion. It is also the first full-length historical study of indigenous African prophets operating outside the context of the world's main religions, and as such builds on Evans-Pritchard's pioneering work in promoting collaboration and dialogue between the disciplines of anthropology and history. Prophets first emerged as significant figures among the Nuer in the nineteenth century. They fashioned the religious idiom of prophecy from a range of spiritual ideas, and enunciated the social principles which broadened and sustained a moral community across political and ethnic boundaries. Douglas Johnson argues that, contrary to the standard anthropological interpretation, the major prophets' lasting contribution was their vision of peace, not their role in war. This vision is particularly relevant today, and the book concludes with a detailed discussion of events in the Sudan since independence in 1956, describing how modern Nuer, and many other southern Sudanese, still find the message of the nineteenth-century prophets relevant to their experiences in the current civil war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198233671
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 07/28/1997
Series: Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 6.25(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)

About the Author

Douglas H. Johnson is a Research Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
Note on Orthography
Abbreviations and Glossary
PART I: PRELUDE
1. "The Hammer of the Kujurs": Government, Ethnography, and Nilotic Religions
2. Deng and Aiwel: Elements of the Prophetic Idiom and Definition of the Moral Community
PART II: PROPHETS
3. Ngundeng: Prophetic Inspiration on the Eastern Frontier
4. Deng Laka: A Pragmatic Prophet
5. Guek Ngundeng and the Minor Prophets: Divinity Dispersed
6. Dual Diu and the Continuity of a Prophetic Tradition
7. Prophetic Rivalries in the Western Homeland
PART III: PROPHECY
8. Prophetic Traditions in Peace and War
9. The Life of Prophecy
APPENDICES
1. Nilotic Populations
2. Nuer Divisions
3. Nuer Age-Sets
Sources and References
Index

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