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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Aids and religious practice in Africa
Editors:Becker, FelicitasISNI
Geissler, P. WenzelISNI
Series:Studies on religion in Africa (ISSN 0169-9814)
City of publisher:Leiden
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Burkina Faso
Ivory Coast - C˘te d'Ivoire
South Africa
Abstract:This collective volume examines the way people in sub-Saharan Africa rely on shared religious practice and notions and on personal religious commitments in order to conceptualize, understand and thereby to act upon the AIDS epidemic, and on the suffering and loss that it brings about, so as to pursue life and creativity in spite of it. Following the introduction by Felicitas Becker and P. Wenzel Geissler, Part 1 (New departures in Christian congregations of long standing) contains chapters on the rise of occult powers, AIDS and the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda (Heike Behrend); Christian salvation and Luo tradition in the context of AIDS in Kenya (Ruth Prince); the role of Christian faith in the remaking of the lives of AIDS widows in Uganda (Catrine Christiansen). Part 2 (Convergences and contrasts in Muslims' responses) includes chapters on AIDS in relation to moral decay and coping strategies in Zanzibar (Nadine Beckmann); Muslims, AIDS and anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) in Tanzania (Felicitas Becker); HIV/AIDS, modernity and Islamic religious education in Kenya (Jonas Svensson). Part 3 (Pentecostal congregations between faith healing and condemnation) presents chapters on sex and religion among university students in Uganda (Jo Sadgrove); salvation, community and care in a Neo-Pentecostal Church in Tanzania (Hansj÷rg Dilger); Pentecostalism, hair dressers and social distancing in Botswana (Rijk van Dijk). Part 4 (Anti-retroviral treatment: failures and responses) contains chapters on Christian conceptions of AIDS in South Africa's Lowveld (Isak Niehaus); religion, HIV/AIDS and the management of everyday life in South Africa (Marian Burchardt); confessional technologies, ARVs and biospiritual transformation in the fight against AIDS in West Africa (Vinh-Kim Nguyen). The conclusion is written by John Lonsdale. [ASC Leiden abstract]