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Title:The Sacred and the Secular in East African Politics
Author:Mazrui, Ali A.ISNI
Year:1973
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Volume:13
Issue:52
Pages:664-681
Language:English
Geographic term:East Africa
Subjects:society
Religion and Witchcraft
Politics and Government
External link:https://doi.org/10.3406/cea.1973.2678
Abstract:'Philosophical consciencism' (Kwame Nkrumah) is the theoretical basis for the harmonious growth and development of African society which resulted from the African experience of Islamic and Euro-Christian presence as veil as of traditional African society. Mazrui examines these three strands, assesses their potential responsiveness to the forces of politics and shows in what they differ: traditional African religion - socially conservative out politically tolerant; Islam - socially conservative but politically radical; Christianity - socially innovative and progressive but inclining towards political conservatism. The synthesis of these three strands is analysed against the cultural background of Nyerere, Amin, and Kenyatta. In an analysis of the political careers of Lumumba, Nkrumah and Obote the connexion 'religion-African radicalism' is demonstrated. Special attention is paid to the development in Uganda under Idi Amin. Notes, French summary.
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