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Editor:Blanes, Ruy LleraISNI
Periodical:Social Sciences and Missions = Sciences sociales et missions (ISSN 1874-8937)
City of publisher:Leiden
Geographic term:Angola
African Independent Churches
Jehovah's Witnesses
About person:Nellie Jane Arnott
Abstract:Since the end of the civil war in 2002 the religious landscape of Angola has changed significantly. Catholic in its majority, the country saw a rapid growth of charismatic, evangelical and Pentecostal churches under the impulse of Brazilian, Nigerian and Congolese missionaries. After a short liberal opening in the 1990s, the state toughned its control of religions and, in recent years, engaged in a fight against non-Christian faiths (including Islam) and 'religious proliferation', determined to firmly control religious developments. In spite of this, Angolan religious landscape is dynamic and diverse; at the same time, however, it is traumatised, divided and facing an uncertain future. The contributions in this special issue are not just concerned with Catholics and Protestants; one article looks at the religious and political imaginaries of members of the Tokoist Church in Angola today, another examines the history of Jehovah's Witnesses, with special attention to the reasons for their repression. The articles deal with different period in time: pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial. Titles: The Angolan apocalyps: prophecies, imaginaries and political contestations in post-war Angola (Ruy Llera Blanes); African women in ecclesiastical documents, Benguela, 1760-1860 (Mariana P. Candido); 'Into the thick of the fray': black missionaries, American adaptive education, and the foundations of the United States foreign relations with Angola (Kate Burlingham); Seeing mission work through a gendered lens: Nellie Arnott's personal portrayal of women's work in Angola (Ann Ellis Pullen and Sarah Ruffing Robbins); The persecution of Jehovah's witnesses in colonial Angola (with a digression on the inception of Tokoism) (Pedro Pinto). [ASC Leiden abstract]