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Reconciliation and Religio-political Non-conformism in Zimbabwe

1st Edition

By Joram Tarusarira


240 pages

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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.


"This is a rich, informative and well researched book which contributes significantly to studies on churches in Zimbabwe." - Ezra Chitando, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

"Joram Tarusarira has written a fascinating study, exploring the relationship between religion, society and politics in Zimbabwe. His account explains how religion is contributing to democratisation and reconciliation in the country, often written off as a basket case beyond redemption. Tarusarira shows that the often subtle interplay between religious and secular political actors can contribute to post-conflict rebuilding in Zimbabwe and hopefully to help heal the wounds of the past. I thoroughly recommend the book for anyone interested in the intricacies of the relationship between politics and religion in Africa." - Jeffrey Haynes, London Metropolitan University, UK

"Joram Tarusarira offers a thorough, up-to-date and compelling analysis of the role of religion in contemporary Zimbabwe. Pushing beyond studies that focus on Zimbabwe's mainline churches, Tarusarira draws on excellent fieldwork to analyse the religio-political organisations that are working on the ground to promote reconciliation. His development of the concept of religious non-conformism, which explains how such organisations are well-equipped to spark change, is a valuable contribution to the social scientific study of religion. This book deserves a wide readership among those interested in the relationships between religion, politics, reconciliation and social change." - Gladys Ganiel, Queen's University Belfast, UK

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Religion in Modern Africa

Religion in Modern Africa publishes innovative research relevant to the diverse and changing religious situation in contemporary Africa. One of the principal aims of the series is to facilitate the dissemination of research by young African scholars. Religion in Modern Africa includes books from a range of disciplines: the academic study of religions, anthropology, sociology and related disciplines in the human and social sciences.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Ethnic & Tribal
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State