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The Politics of Interfaith Institutions in Contemporary Tanzania

Författare:
Publiceringsår: 2011
Språk: Engelska
Sidor:
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Studies on Inter-Religious Relations
Volym: 51
Dokumenttyp: Bok
Förlag: Swedish Science Press: Uppsala

Sammanfattning

Focusing on the case of Tanzania, this study highlights the role of

religious institutions in building national unity and consolidating

democracy in the multi-religious contexts of Sub-Saharan Africa.

In recent years cooperation along inter- and intra-religious lines

has been strongly encouraged as a way of coping with tensions

evident in the society. The case of the Inter-Religious Council for

Peace Tanzania (IRCPT) is analysed from a power-oriented perspective

as well as in light of present-day civil society relations and

the historical religio-political context. The study explores interfaith

cooperation in Tanzania in relation to the ujamaa ideology,

civil religion, western development discourses and neopatrimonial

practices. It shows how religious institutions are connected to political

power and involved in ongoing informal political struggles

over both resources and institutions that to a greater or lesser extent

affect and determine their inter- and intra-religious relationships.

In short, the study argues that if the effects of present-day

interfaith initiatives are to be adequately assessed, inter-religious

cooperation, which is promoted as a facilitator of development,

needs to be properly contextualised in its political setting.

Nyckelord

  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
  • Interfaith cooperation
  • civil society
  • Tanzania
  • ujamaa
  • christian-muslim relations
  • international donors
  • religious politics

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  • ISBN: 978-91-89652-41-5

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