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Title:Scriptural Politics: The Bible and the Koran as political models in the Middle East and Africa
Editor:Kastfelt, NielsISNI
City of publisher:London
ISBN:1850654433; 1850654441
Geographic terms:Middle East
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Abstract:This collective volume examines how the Koran and the Bible are interpreted and acted upon by political movements in the Arab world and Africa. It is commonly held that the Koran has more specific rules for the organization of society than does the Bible. The contributors contend that this assumption should be reassessed, given the way that the Bible is being interpreted in contemporary African Christianity. They go on to explain how the different political traditions of Africa and the Arab world shape reactions to the Koran and the Bible. The book also offers a comparison of Islamic and Christian radicalism in the 1990s. Islamist and radical Christian groups of a charismatic-pentecostal orientation have been on the rise in Africa and the Arab world in the 1990s, and they show remarkable similarities. Contributions by Rijk van Dijk (on Ghana), Quentin Gausset (on northern Cameroon), Paul Gifford, Holger Bernt Hansen, Niels Kastfelt (on Nigeria), Ahmad S. Moussalli, Monte Palmer (on Zambia and Egypt), M.A. Mohamed Salih (on South Sudan), Jørgen Bæk Simonsen, Endre Stiansen, and Michael Twaddle (on Uganda). The book has its origins in a conference held in December 1998 in Tune Landboskole, Denmark. [ASC Leiden abstract]