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Conference paper Conference paper Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Daisaku Ikeda and voices for peace from Africa
Editors:Indangasi, HenryISNI
Hashimoto, Masimu O.
City of publisher:Nairobi
Publisher:Kenya Literature Bureau
Geographic terms:Africa
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About person:Ikeda Daisaku (1928-)ISNI
Abstract:The contents of this book were presented at a seminar on Daisaku Ikeda and the quest for world peace organized by the Writers' Association of Kenya in June 2007. Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist thinker and president of the Soka Gakkai International, both sponsored the seminar and was its prime inspiration. The book is in three parts. Part 1 focuses on Daisaku Ikeda's contribution to literature, peace and education, with papers on peace education at Soka University of America, the institution founded by Daisaku Ikeda in 2001 (Hideyuki Hiruma); how Ikeda sees the role of women in the twenty-first century (Masumi O. Hashimoto); the place of people with disabilities and special needs in peace resolutions in Africa (Beth N. Wambugu); peace in African oral tradition and literature (Helen O.A. Mwanzi); peace and dialogue in literature (Henry Indangasi); an appraisal of the Swahili writer Shaaban Robert as a champion of peace (Mwenda Mbatia); perspectives on peace as portrayed in modern Swahili poetry (Kitula Kingéi); and basic human needs as prerequisites for peace (Macharia Mwangi). Part 2 comprises related essays on peace: David Grossman, Israeli writer and peace activist, and his commitment to peace (Emilia Ilieva); fundamentalism and the search for a human(e) order (Peter S.O.Amuka); Jesus Christ and the philosophy of peaceful co-existence (Miriam Kenyani Osore); 'You can't shake hands with a clenched fist', on the successful nonviolent campaign in Kenya in 1992 by women for the release of their sons, detained for political reasons (Muchugu Kiiru); and themes of war, conflict and peace in Embu and Mbeere oral literature (Ciarunji Chesaina). Part 3 contains poems on war, conflict and peace (Karanja wa Kang'ethe, Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye, Daisaku Ikeda). [ASC Leiden abstract]