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Title:Religious ideas and institutions: transitions to democracy in Africa
Editors:Keller, Edmond JosephISNI
Iyob, RuthISNI
City of publisher:Pretoria
Publisher:UNISA Press
ISBN:1868886166; 9781868886166
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:religious movements
Abstract:This book considers the relationship between religion and politics in Africa, by investigating the impact of African contemporary religious organizations and elites on their societies in terms of intergroup reciprocity and political bargaining. The primary objective of the book is to analyze how such organizations respond to the political signs and gestures of other groups in a like-minded manner, and the nature and effects of their negotiations with the State over contested matters. The contributors hypothesize that Africa's religious organizations can prove critical in the way their elites make demands on the State and in the way they help to shape the structure of intergroup relations in constructive or destructive directions. The authors consider the influence of both secular and religious elites and institutions on processes of democratization. Contents: Introduction: Religion, institutions and the transition to democracy in Africa (Edmond J. Keller and Ruth Iyob). Part I Theoretical and empirical perspectives on religion and politics in Africa: The state, religion and the challenge to state hegemony (Jeffrey Haynes); Religious identity and civil conflict in Africa (Marc Scarcelli); Beyond Islamists and Sufi brotherhoods: liberal varieties of Islam in Africa and the struggle for tolerance and democracy (Sheldon Gellar). Part II Christianity and Islam in perspective, the case of Nigeria: Christianity, Islam and political culture: the case of Nigeria (Robert A. Dowd); The politics of gender: Nigerian women's responses to Shari'a (Hussainatu J. Abdullah). Part III Islam, the state, and politics in North Africa, Libya, Morocco and Algeria: Political Islam and the state in Africa: the case of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (Hussein Solomon); Islam, the state and democracy in Algeria and Morocco (Mary-Jane Deeb). Conclusion: Interrogating secularism in Africa: paradigmatic or heretical? (Ruth Iyob) [ASC Leiden abstract]