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Title:Contesting promised land: Moravian mission land conflict in South Africa around 1900
Author:Henningsen, Anne Folke
Periodical:Social Sciences and Missions = Sciences sociales et missions (ISSN 1874-8937)
Geographic term:South Africa
land conflicts
colonial history
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/187489410X511560
Abstract:The Moravians were the first Christian mission to South Africa. At the Moravian mission station Goshen in South Africa's Eastern Cape, conflicts over land rights between missionaries and dissenting congregants around the turn of the twentieth century led to court cases between the two parties. This article analyses an example of an attempt at striking back judicially by a group of black Moravians. The strategies and practices of the parties involved are analysed and the impact of the civil disobedience of the dissenting congregants is shown. The Goshen Kloof case demonstrates that land rights and/or ownership was a very important thing in South Africa around the turn of the twentieth century for both missionaries and indigenous peoples, and that the indigenous residents at the mission stations were not merely followers of the policies and regulations of the mission societies. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]