Religion  Law and Security in Africa Book

Religion Law and Security in Africa


  • Author : M Christian Green
  • Publisher : AFRICAN SUN MeDIA
  • Release Date : 2018-05-16
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 426
  • ISBN 10 : 9781928314424

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Religion Law and Security in Africa Excerpt :

Security is a key topic of our time. But how do we understand it? Do law and religion take different views of it? In this fifth volume in the Law and Religion in Africa series, radicalisation, terrorism, blasphemy, hate speech, religious freedom and just war theories rub shoulders with issues of witchcraft, female genital mutilation circumcision, child marriage, displaced communities and additional issues besides. This unique collection of topics is both challenging and inspiring, providing illumination in troubled times, and forming a sound foundation for future scholarship.

Religion  Law  Politics and the State in Africa Book

Religion Law Politics and the State in Africa


  • Author : SETH. TWENEBOAH
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-06-30
  • Genre: Ghana
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN 10 : 103208877X

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Religion Law Politics and the State in Africa Excerpt :

Applying a legal pluralist framework, this study examines the complex interrelationships between religion, law and politics in contemporary Ghana, a professedly secular State characterised by high levels of religiosity. It aims to explore legal, cultural and moral tensions created by overlapping loci of authority (state actors, traditional leaders and religious functionaries). It contends that religion can function as an impediment to Ghana's secularity and also serve as an integral tool for realising the State's legal ideals and meeting international human rights standards. Using three case studies - legal tensions, child witchcraft accusations and same-sex partnerships - the study illustrates the ways that the entangled and complicated connections between religion and law compound Ghana's secular orientation. It suggests that legal pluralism is not a mere analytical framework for describing tensions, but ought to be seen as part of the solution. The study contributes to advancing knowledge in the area of the interrelationships between religion and law in contemporary African public domain. This book will be a valuable resource for those working in the areas of Law and Religion, Religious Studies, African Studies, Political Science, Legal Anthropology and Socio-legal Studies.

Banning Black Gods Book

Banning Black Gods


  • Author : Danielle N. Boaz
  • Publisher : Penn State Press
  • Release Date : 2021-03-22
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN 10 : 9780271089645

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Banning Black Gods is a global examination of the legal challenges faced by adherents of the most widely practiced African-derived religions in the twenty-first century, including Santeria/Lucumi, Haitian Vodou, Candomblé, Palo Mayombe, Umbanda, Islam, Rastafari, Obeah, and Voodoo. Examining court cases, laws, human rights reports, and related materials, Danielle N. Boaz argues that restrictions on African diaspora religious freedom constitute a unique and pervasive form of anti-Black discrimination. Emphasizing that these twenty-first-century cases and controversies are not a new phenomenon but rather a reemergence of colonial-era ideologies and patterns of racially motivated persecution, Boaz focuses each chapter on a particular challenge to Black religious freedom. She examines issues such as violence against devotees, restrictions on the ritual slaughter of animals, limitations on the custodial rights of parents, and judicial refusals to recognize these faiths as protected religions. Boaz introduces new issues that have never been considered as a question of religious freedom before—such as the right of Palo Mayombe devotees to possess remains of the dead—and she brings together controversies that have not been previously regarded as analogous, such as the right to wear headscarves and the right to wear dreadlocks in schools. Framing these issues in comparative perspective and focusing on transnational and transregional issues, Boaz advances our understanding of the larger human rights disputes that country-specific studies can overlook. Original and compelling, this important new book will be welcomed by students and scholars of African diaspora religions and discerning readers interested in learning more about the history of racial discrimination

Law  Religion and the Environment in Africa Book

Law Religion and the Environment in Africa


  • Author : M. Christian Green
  • Publisher : African Sun Media
  • Release Date : 2020-06-03
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 449
  • ISBN 10 : 9781928480570

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Law Religion and the Environment in Africa Excerpt :

This volume explores themes of ecotheology, ecofeminism, environmental pollution and degradation, climate change, human and environmental rights, sustainable development, human-animal relations through totem and taboo, sacred sites and spaces, and other environmental topics in ways that add immeasurably to the study of African environmentalisms and the interaction of law and religion. In terms of religion, the capability of humans not only to sin and destroy the earth, but also to repair and redeem it, is very much in evidence across Christianity, Islam and Africa’s many indigenous religious and cultural traditions. In terms of law, the need for effective policies and for states and governments to work with indigenous groups and communities towards environmental solutions is also apparent.

Law and Religion in Africa Book

Law and Religion in Africa


  • Author : Pieter Coertzen
  • Publisher : AFRICAN SUN MeDIA
  • Release Date : 2015-05-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 412
  • ISBN 10 : 9781919985633

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Law and Religion in Africa Excerpt :

In our time the study of law and religion is emerging as a wide-ranging and vital academic discipline, with increasingly urgent implications for society at large. Lying at the intersection of a variety of other disciplines ? law, theology, religious studies, political science, sociology and anthropology, to name only the most obvious ? the field of law and religion is generating a burgeoning volume of interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research and study. The current volume is proof of this. The discussion of the relationship between law and religion, as seen from a variety of perspectives in Africa, underscores the critical importance of the issues involved in the everyday life of all citizens. It is accordingly vital for governments to take note of the scholarly results that are produced. We hope that this volume will contribute to this aim.

Religion and Human Security in Africa Book

Religion and Human Security in Africa


  • Author : Ezra Chitando
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-02-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429671579

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Religion and Human Security in Africa Excerpt :

Across diverse countries and contexts in Africa, religion has direct implications for human security. While some individuals and groups seek to manipulate and control through the deployment of religion, religious belief is also a common facet of those working towards peace and reconciliation. Despite the strategic importance of religion to human security in Africa, there are few contemporary publications that explore this issue on an international scale. This volume redresses that imbalance by examining religion’s impact on human security across Africa. Written by an international team of contributors, this book looks in detail at the intersection of religion and security in a variety of African contexts. Case studies from a diverse set of countries including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Burkina Faso, and more, are used to illustrate wider trends across the continent. Acknowledging that religion can be used to incite violence as well as encourage peace, the chapters employ an interdisciplinary exploration of the ethics, sociology, and politics around these issues. This is much needed volume on religion’s capacity to effect human security. It will, therefore, be of significant interest to any scholar of religious studies, African studies, political science, the sociology of religion, and anthropology, as well as peace, conflict, and reconciliation studies.

Africa and the Decolonisation of State Religion Policies Book

Africa and the Decolonisation of State Religion Policies


  • Author : John Osogo Ambani
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2021-05-25
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 82
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004446427

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Africa and the Decolonisation of State Religion Policies Excerpt :

The book offers a critical account of the practice of state-secularism in Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda in comparison to France, Turkey and the US.

Religion and the COVID 19 Pandemic in Southern Africa Book

Religion and the COVID 19 Pandemic in Southern Africa


  • Author : Fortune Sibanda
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2022
  • Genre: COVID-19 (Disease)
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1032147857

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Religion and the COVID 19 Pandemic in Southern Africa Excerpt :

"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"--

Regulating Religion Book
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Regulating Religion


  • Author : Helena Van Coller
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-07-11
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 234
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351580151

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Regulating Religion Excerpt :

This book focuses on government regulation of religious institutions in South Africa. PART 1 explains the meaning of government regulation for religious communities by providing a brief overview of the relationship between church and state, the right to freedom of religion and the legal status of religious organisations. With reference to case examples, this section highlights the importance of religious autonomy and the right to self-determination of religious institutions and non-interference by the state in the internal affairs of the organisation. No fundamental rights are however absolute and the section concludes with a discussion on the limitation of rights and an overview of the relevant constitutional provisions and anti-discrimination laws in place relevant to religious organisations, in the context of equality and non-discrimination. PART 2 discusses in more detail the daily rights, responsibilities and freedoms associated with the right to freedom of religion within some specific spheres of society where regulation of religion has occurred or are necessary or has proved to be problematic. It includes those related to the role of religion in society; the relations between religion and state institutions; education; finance; family matters; employment law; planning law; broadcast media and general governance issues.

Religion and Law in South Africa Book

Religion and Law in South Africa


  • Author : Charles Maimela
  • Publisher : Kluwer Law International B.V.
  • Release Date : 2019-05-15
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9789403512006

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Religion and Law in South Africa Excerpt :

Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this convenient resource provides systematic information on how South Africa deals with the role religion plays or can play in society, the legal status of religious communities and institutions, and the legal interaction among religion, culture, education, and media. After a general introduction describing the social and historical background, the book goes on to explain the legal framework in which religion is approached. Coverage proceeds from the principle of religious freedom through the rights and contractual obligations of religious communities; international, transnational, and regional law effects; and the legal parameters affecting the influence of religion in politics and public life. Also covered are legal positions on religion in such specific fields as church financing, labour and employment, and matrimonial and family law. A clear and comprehensive overview of relevant legislation and legal doctrine make the book an invaluable reference source and very useful guide. Succinct and practical, this book will prove to be of great value to practitioners in the myriad instances where a law-related religious interest arises in South Africa. Academics and researchers will appreciate its value as a thorough but concise treatment of the legal aspects of diversity and multiculturalism in which religion plays such an important part.

A Secular Age Beyond the West Book

A Secular Age Beyond the West


  • Author : Mirjam Künkler
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-07-05
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 412
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108417716

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A Secular Age Beyond the West Excerpt :

This book compares secularity in societies not shaped by Western Christianity, particularly in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Public Religion and the Politics of Homosexuality in Africa Book

Public Religion and the Politics of Homosexuality in Africa


  • Author : Adriaan van Klinken
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-04-14
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317073413

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Public Religion and the Politics of Homosexuality in Africa Excerpt :

Issues of same-sex relationships and gay and lesbian rights are the subject of public and political controversy in many African societies today. Frequently, these controversies receive widespread attention both locally and globally, such as with the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda. In the international media, these cases tend to be presented as revealing a deeply-rooted homophobia in Africa fuelled by religious and cultural traditions. But so far little energy is expended in understanding these controversies in all their complexity and the critical role religion plays in them. This is the first book with multidisciplinary perspectives on religion and homosexuality in Africa. It presents case studies from across the continent, from Egypt to Zimbabwe and from Senegal to Kenya, and covers religious traditions such as Islam, Christianity and Rastafarianism. The contributors explore the role of religion in the politicisation of homosexuality, investigate local and global mobilisations of power, critically examine dominant religious discourses, and highlight the emergence of counter-discourses. Hence they reveal the crucial yet ambivalent public role of religion in matters of sexuality, social justice and human rights in contemporary Africa.

Law  Religion and Human Flourishing in Africa Book

Law Religion and Human Flourishing in Africa


  • Author : M. Christian Green
  • Publisher : AFRICAN SUN MeDIA
  • Release Date : 2019-05-15
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 460
  • ISBN 10 : 9781928314585

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Law Religion and Human Flourishing in Africa Excerpt :

A shared interest of law and religion is the advancement of human flourishing, yet there is no common understanding of what it means for humans to flourish and the means by which to attain a flourishing life. The concept of human flourishing is especially important for Africa, where community and national development compete with forces of conflict and scarce resources. In the broadest sense, the concept of human flourishing focuses our attention on having a comprehensively good or worthwhile life, but various religious and legal traditions suggest different norms for measuring the quality of life and designing the institutional structures that could best facilitate and preserve it.

Religion  Law  Politics and the State in Africa Book

Religion Law Politics and the State in Africa


  • Author : Seth Tweneboah
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-09-25
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000706734

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Religion Law Politics and the State in Africa Excerpt :

Applying a legal pluralist framework, this study examines the complex interrelationships between religion, law and politics in contemporary Ghana, a professedly secular State characterised by high levels of religiosity. It aims to explore legal, cultural and moral tensions created by overlapping loci of authority (state actors, traditional leaders and religious functionaries). It contends that religion can function as an impediment to Ghana’s secularity and also serve as an integral tool for realising the State’s legal ideals and meeting international human rights standards. Using three case studies – legal tensions, child witchcraft accusations and same-sex partnerships – the study illustrates the ways that the entangled and complicated connections between religion and law compound Ghana’s secular orientation. It suggests that legal pluralism is not a mere analytical framework for describing tensions, but ought to be seen as part of the solution. The study contributes to advancing knowledge in the area of the interrelationships between religion and law in contemporary African public domain. This book will be a valuable resource for those working in the areas of Law and Religion, Religious Studies, African Studies, Political Science, Legal Anthropology and Socio-legal Studies.

Religion and Society in Sub Saharan Africa and Southern Asia Book

Religion and Society in Sub Saharan Africa and Southern Asia


  • Author : Carole Rakodi
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-03-18
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134860258

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Religion and Society in Sub Saharan Africa and Southern Asia Excerpt :

This book analyses how religion is entangled in people’s lives in Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. It provides an introduction to the teachings, practices and values promoted by the main religious traditions in these regions and an overview of the evidence on what religion means to people in terms of their beliefs and religious practices and how it influences their values, attitudes and day-to-day relationships with others, especially their families. Over the course of the book Carole Rakodi explores similarities and differences between and within religious traditions and identifies some of the key factors that influence and explain the roles played by religion in people’s personal lives and social relationships. A separate companion volume will go on to focus on the social and political roles and relationships of religious groups and organisations. This book will be of great interest to academics and students working in a range of disciplines, especially sociology, religious studies and development studies but also anthropology, geography and area studies.