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Politics and Religion in Zimbabwe
The Deification of Robert G. Mugabe

Edited By

Ezra Chitando

ISBN 9780367376185
Published May 5, 2020 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

This book illustrates how religion and ideology were used by Robert Mugabe to ward off opposition within his own party, in Zimbabwe and from the West.

An interdisciplinary line up of contributors argue that Mugabe used a calculated narrative of deification – presenting himself as a divine figure who had the task of delivering land, freedom and confidence to black people across the world – to remain in power in Zimbabwe. The chapters highlight the appropriation and deployment of religious themes in Mugabe’s domestic and international politics, reflect on the contestation around the deification of Mugabe in Zimbabwean politics across different forms of religious expression, including African Traditional Religions and various strands of Christianity and initiate further reflections on the interface between religion and politics in Africa and globally.

Politics and Religion in Zimbabwe will be of interest to scholars of religion and politics, Southern Africa and African politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Politics and Religion: The Deification of Robert Mugabe

Ezra Chitando

1. "Land Comes First Before All Else": Robert G. Mugabe, Land and Salvation for Black Africans

Ezra Chitando

2. The power of Robert Mugabe’s discourses in International Relations

Xaman Minillo

3. Religio-Political Convergence: A Mugabe-istic tactic to secularize Eccesiastical Authority in Zimbabwe

Martin Mujinga

4. The Making of a Legend in the Narratives on Robert G. Mugabe’s Life and Politics

Masiiwa Ragies Gunda

5. Statecraft: Mugabe and African Traditional Religions

Tarisayi Andrea Chimuka

6. Was Robert Mugabe the Re-incarnation of Nehanda? An Analysis of Chenjerai Hove’s Bones (1989)

Kundai Watson Fingson and Tanaka Chidora

7. Willing Allies? African Independent Churches and Robert Mugabe

Vengesai Chimininge

8. "It shall be well with Zimbabwe": Pentecostalism, Pan Africanism and Discourses on Nation-Building and Restoration in Zimbabwe

Kudzai Biri

9. "Wolves in sheep clothing"? Robert Mugabe and the media agenda on the prosperity gospel

Wellington Gadzikwa

10. Woman as Scapegoat in the Jezebel and Grace Mugabe Narratives

Honoured Taruona

11. Robert Gabriel Mugabe as a Black/African Theologian and Philosopher: A Critical Appreciation

Robert Matikiti

12. Robert Mugabe’s Role as a Man-god in Zimbabwe and the Final Judgement

Blessing Nyahuma

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Ezra Chitando is Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, Classics and Philosophy of the University of Zimbabwe and a Theology Consultant for the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA).