Worlds of Power

Author: Stephen Ellis
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195220162
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With Christian revivals (including Evangelicals in the White House), Islamic radicalism and the revitalisation of traditional religions it is clear that the world is not heading towards a community of secular states. Nowhere are religious thought and political practice more closely intertwined than in Africa. African migrants in Europe and America who send home money to build churches and mosques, African politicians who consult diviners, guerrilla fighters who believe that amulets can protect them from bullets, and ordinary people who seek ritual healing: all of these are applying religious ideas to everyday problems of existence, at every level of society. Far from falling off the map of the world, Africa is today a leading centre of Christianity and a growing field of Islamic activism, while African traditional religions are gaining converts in the West. One cannot understand the politics of the present without taking religious thought seriously. Stories about witches, miracles, or people returning from the dead incite political action. In Africa religious belief has a huge impact on politics, from the top of society to the bottom. Religious ideas show what people actually think about the world and how to deal with it. Ellis and Ter Haar maintain that the specific content of religious thought has to be mastered if we are to grasp the political significance of religion in Africa today, but their book also informs our understanding of the relationship between religion and political practice in general.

Pentekostalismus Politik und Gesellschaft in den Philippinen

Author: Giovanni Maltese
Publisher: Ergon Verlag
ISBN: 3956503694
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Die Studie untersucht das Verhältnis von Pentekostalismus und Politik auf den Philippinen. Dafür werden zuerst Diskurse und Figuren mit nationaler Ausstrahlung beschrieben – auch solche, die von der Forschung bislang ignoriert wurden wie die einflussreichen Kreise um den Pfingstbischof Villanueva. Sodann wird die Rezeption des Pentekostalismus in einer Mittelschichtsstadt im mittleren Süden des Landes analysiert, wodurch die Rolle lokaler Hegemonieverhältnisse bei der Artikulation pentekostaler Politik deutlich wird. Ein Fokus liegt auf den Debatten zu den Präsidentschaftskandidaturen von 2004 und 2010 sowie zum Reproduktionsgesundheitsgesetz. Die konsequente Berücksichtigung der Verflechtung von globalen, nationalen und lokalen Diskursen macht politische Rationalitäten sichtbar, für die der Forschungsblick bisher verstellt war. So lässt sich entgegen der verbreiteten Annahme, dass die Pfingstbewegung weltflüchtig, religiös intolerant und sozialpolitisch insensibel sei, zeigen, dass diese Klischees schon ab den 1980ern innerpentekostal problematisiert wurden und in den 2000ern Parteiallianzen mit marxistisch-leninistischen und islamistischen Gruppen gebildet wurden. Dies ermöglicht nicht nur neue Perspektiven auf die Religions- und Politikgeschichte des Landes, sondern auch auf den allgemeinen Zusammenhang von Religion, kollektiver Identitätsbildung und Populismus.

Child Soldiers Adult Interests

Author: John-Peter Pham
Publisher: Nova Publishers
ISBN: 9781594546716
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This book weaves a narrative of the history of Sierra Leone, from its foundation as a settlement for black slaves who fought for the British Crown during the American Revolution through the events of the civil war, with a discussion of more general geopolitical lessons to be learned from the recent conflict, its origins, and settlement. In addition, the book contains six appendices that render the present work -- the first comprehensive history of Sierra Leone since the classic studies published more than a generation ago by Christopher Fyfe and John Peterson -- an invaluable reference on conflict resolution in general as well as the West African country in particular, including a chronology of select events in the history of Sierra Leone and the texts of the peace agreements and other post-conflict documents.

The Sierra Leonean Tragedy

Author: John-Peter Pham
Publisher: Nova Science Pub Incorporated
ISBN:
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This new book weaves a narrative of the history of Sierra Leone, from its foundation as a settlement for black slaves who fought for the British Crown during the American Revolution through the events of the civil war, with a discussion of more general geopolitical lessons to be learned from the recent conflict, its origins, and settlement. In addition, the book contains six appendices that render the present work -- the first comprehensive history of Sierra Leone since the classic studies published more than a generation ago by Christopher Fyfe and John Peterson -- an invaluable reference on conflict resolution in general as well as the West African country in particular, including a chronology of select events in the history of Sierra Leone and the texts of the peace agreements and other post-conflict documents.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices Countries A L

Author: Thomas Riggs
Publisher: Gale Cengage
ISBN: 9780787666132
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In 1,800 pages across 3 volumes, Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices provides information on current religious practices around the world with an emphasis on how religions impact the daily lives of their followers.