1st Edition

Reconciliation and Religio-political Non-conformism in Zimbabwe

ISBN 9781472465993
Published May 9, 2016 by Routledge
254 Pages

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Book Description

Religio-political organisations in Zimbabwe play an important role in advocating democratisation and reconciliation, against acquiescent, silenced or co-opted mainstream churches. Reconciliation and Religio-political Non-conformism in Zimbabwe analyses activities of religious organisations that deviate from the position of mainline churches and the political elites with regard to religious participation in political matters, against a background of political conflict and violence. Drawing on detailed case studies of the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance (ZCA), Churches in Manicaland (CiM) and Grace to Heal (GtH), this book provocatively argues that in the face of an unsatisfactory religious and political culture, religio-political non-conformists emerge seeking to introduce a new ethos even in the face of negative sanctions from dominant religious and political systems.

Table of Contents

1 Religion, Society and Politics in Zimbabwe

2 Secularisation, Sacralisation and Civil Society in Zimbabwe

3 Democratisation, Reconciliation and Civil Society

4 Understanding Religious Non-Conformism

5 Historical Perspectives on Religio-Political Non-Conformism in Zimbabwe: From Colonial Rule to 1999

6 Religio-Political Non-Conformism in Zimbabwe since 2000 to 2013

7 Prospects for Religio-Political Non-Conformism in Zimbabwe - Contributions to Debates on Democratisation and Reconciliation

8 The Prospects for Religio-political Non-Conformism in Zimbabwe – Maximizing Effective Action

9 Conclusion

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Joram Tarusarira attained his PhD from the Institute for African Studies at the University of Leipzig (Germany), where he was a German Research Foundation doctoral candidate of the Research Training Group, "Religious Non-Conformism and Cultural Dynamics". His research interests, in which he has published journal articles and book chapters, include the role of religion in conflict and its transformation, religious non-conformism and cultural dynamics, religion and civil society, social movements, post-conflict reconciliation. His academic background is in the following disciplines: philosophy and religious studies, adult education and development studies, conflict resolution and post-conflict reconciliation studies. His academic experience has been enriched by studying in various countries: Zimbabwe, Canada, Ireland/ Northern Ireland and Germany.