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By Harri Englund

Christianity and Public tradition in Africa takes the reader past Africa’s obvious exceptionalism. African Christians have created new publics, frequently in ways in which supply clean insights into the symbolic and useful barriers keeping apart the secular and the sacred, the non-public and the general public, and the liberal and the intolerant. serious cause and Christian convictions have mixed in brilliant methods while African Christians have engaged with important public concerns akin to nationwide constitutions and gender family members, and with literary imaginings and controversies over culture and HIV/AIDS.

The wide-ranging essays incorporated right here discover rural Africa and the continent’s significant towns, colonial and missionary legacies, and mass media pictures within the twenty-first century. in addition they display the variety of Pentecostalism in Africa and spotlight the region’s striking denominational variety. students and scholars alike will locate those essays well timed and impressive.

The participants reveal how the general public value of Christianity varies throughout time and position. They discover rural Africa and the continent’s significant towns, and colonial and missionary events, in addition to mass-mediated rules and pictures within the twenty-first century. in addition they show the plurality of Pentecostalism in Africa and hold in view the continent’s carrying on with denominational variety. scholars and students will locate those topical reports to be outstanding in scope. 

Contributors: Barbara M. Cooper, Harri Englund, Marja Hinfelaar, Nicholas Kamau-Goro,

Birgit Meyer, Michael Perry, Kweku Okyerefo, Damaris Parsitau, Ruth Prince,

James A. Pritchett, Ilana van Wyk

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