This book investigates the role of religion in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Southern Africa.
Building on a diverse range of methodologies and disciplinary approaches, the book reflects on how religion, politics and health have interfaced in Southern African contexts, when faced with the sudden public health emergency caused by the pandemic. Religious actors have played a key role on the frontline throughout the pandemic, sometimes posing roadblocks to public health messaging, but more often deploying their resources to help provide effective and timely responses. Drawing on case studies from African indigenous knowledge systems, Islam, Rastafari and various forms of Christianity, this book provides important reflections on the role of religion in crisis response.
This book will be of interest to researchers across the fields of African Studies, Health, Politics and Religious Studies.
The Open Access version of this book, available at
http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Religion and Public Health in the Shadow of COVID-19 Pandemic in Southern Africa
Fortune Sibanda, Tenson Muyambo and Ezra Chitando
Chapter 2: Exploring the Ethics of Ubuntu in the Era of COVID-19
Beatrice Okyere-Manu and Stephen Nkansah Morgan
Chapter 3: Social Distancing in the Context of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe: Perspectives From Ndau Religious Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Chapter 4: Coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Resources from Ndau Indigenous Religion
Chapter 5: Living with COVID-19 in Zimbabwe: A Religious and Scientific Healing Response
Bernard Pindukai Humbe
Chapter 6: Religion, Law and COVID-19 in South Africa
Helena Van Coller and Idowu A Akinloye
Chapter 7: Tele-evangelism, Tele-health and Cyberbullying in the Wake of the Outbreak of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe
Lucia Ponde-Mutsvedu and Sophia Chirongoma
Chapter 8: The Role of Religion in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Challenges in Tanzania
Chapter 9: COVID-19 Containment Measures and ‘Prophecies’ in Kenya
Chapter 10: Christian Religious Understandings and Responses to COVID-19 in Eswatini
Chapter 11: Standing together in Faith through the Time of COVID-19: The Responses of Church Umbrella Bodies in Zambia
Nelly Mwale and Joseph Chita
Chapter 12: Churches and COVID-19 in Botswana
Tshenolo J. Madigele and James N. Amanze
Chapter 13: The Coronavirus Pandemic and Persons with Disabilities: Towards a Liberating Reading of the Bible for Churches in Southern Africa
Makomborero Allen Bowa
Chapter 14: The Influence of Health Perceptions on Zimbabwe Muslim Responses to COVID-19 Restrictions over Ramadan, Pilgrimages and Funeral Rites in 2020
Chapter 15: Repositioning the Agency of Rastafari in the Context of COVID-19 Crisis in Zimbabwe and Malawi
Chapter 16: ‘When a Pandemic Wears the Face of a Woman’: Intersections of Religion and Gender during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Zimbabwe
Chapter 17: Religion and COVID-19 in Southern Africa: Implications for the Discourse on Religion and Development
"Religion and the COVID-19 Pandemic in Southern Africa is a thought-provoking and groundbreaking book. It highlights contextual thought frames for managing contagious pandemics destabilizing a continent’s economic and health development, as well as therole of religion in this endeavor. Undoubtedly, these insights would steer sound preparedness in the event of another contagious pandemic of this nature and magnitude. The book is, therefore, well-worth reading to all audiences; students, medical doctors, researchers, religious leaders, and political leaders. It is a call to inclusion, not exclusion."
Telesia K. Musili, Equinox Publishing Ltd., Kenya