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Title:Religious plurality in Africa: essays in honour of John S. Mbiti
Editors:Olupona, Jacob K.ISNI
Nyang, Sulayman S.ISNI
Mbiti, John S.ISNI
Series:Religion and society (ISSN 1437-5370)
City of publisher:Berlin
Publisher:Mouton de Gruyter
Geographic terms:Africa
Subsaharan Africa
Christian theology
African religions
festschrifts (form)
About person:John Samuel Mbiti (1931-)ISNI
Abstract:This book is dedicated to the African theologian John S. Mbiti (b. 1931), who is now teaching at the University of Berne in Switzerland, and working at the same time in a small Swiss parish nearby. The book is divided into five sections. The first section deals with traditional African religion and contains chapters by David Westerlund, Kofi Asare Opoku, Newell S. Booth, Jr., Kofi Appiah-Kubi (on traditional healing and Western medicine among the Akan of Ghana), and Ogbu U. Kalu (on religion and social control in Igboland). The second section contains contributions on African theology by John S. Pobee, Gabriel M. Setiloane, and Hans-Ruedi Weber. Section three, on the relevance of Christianity to African societies, contains contributions by A.B.T. Byaruhanga-Akiiki, Hans-Jürgen Greschat, and John Ferguson. Section four is on Africa and some world religions (contributions by Sulayman S. Nyang on Islamic revivalism in West Africa, Sigvard Von Sicard on Christian-Muslim relations in Africa, Gerhardus C. Oosthuizen on the role of India's religions in Africa, and R.J. Zwi Werblowsky on Africa and Judaism). The final section contains responses to Mbiti's work by Peter R. McKenzie, Mercy A. Oduyoye, Kwame Bediako, and H. Odera Oruka. The book begins with a biographical sketch of Mbiti by Jacob K. Olupona and an introduction on religious plurality in Africa by Jacob K. Olupona and Sulayman S. Nyang.