ISBN 9789982240963
Pages 278
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2018
Publisher Gadsden Publishers, Zambia
Format Paperback

Religious Conversion: An African Perspective

by Brendan Carmody

Religious Conversion: An African Perspective includes a selection of key texts which are not easily accessible elsewhere. Most of the chapters discuss the long-standing thesis of Robin Horton who argues that religious change results from social transformation. The contributors provide different perspectives on what remains an ongoing provocative, though inconclusive debate. The book has chapters on conversion in Africa from such authorities as Robin Horton, Humphrey Fisher, and Richard Gray. It also contains chapters on Zambia by Elizaebeth Colson, Brendan Carmody, Austin Cheyeka, Felix Phiri and W Van Binsbergen. This collection of chapters provides an introduction to the discussion surrounding the query: Did the Christian and Muslim messages bring something fundamentally new to the African religious horizon? What has indigenisation meant? What is the role of traditional religion?

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About the Author

Brendan Carmody

Brendan Carmody is formerly professor of Religious Education at the University of Zambia and is currently associate research professor at the Institute of Education, University College London.