Religion and Politics in South Africa

Abdulkader TayobWolfram Weiße (Editor)

Religion and Politics in South Africa

From Apartheid to Democracy

1999,  Religion and Society in Transition,  Band 1,  174  pages,  E-Book (PDF),  19,50 €,  ISBN 978-3-8309-5719-5

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From the mid-1970s, the awareness of injustice and apartheid in South Africa increased in the media and in scholarship. From the secular perspective, it was no surprise to find a Christian denomination directly involved in the formulation of the apartheid-doctrine. However, it was far more surprising to fing opposition leaders, even many members of the African National Congress, referring in their strucggle to religious doctrines. South Africa imposed a challenge to all the voices that claimed that the process of democratisation was only possible through secularisation.

The contributions to this book represent a spectrum of religious and political perspectives in South Africa in their social context. Some tackle the important question of transformation within religions. Since the period of transition and democracy, the country is witness to a re-ordering and re-classification of values and priorities within society and religious traditions. The contributions also focus on the possible role of religions in fashioning values and identities on a broad national scale. They subject to evaluation multi-culturalism, education, and development under the impact of religious values, ethics and symbols.

Authors: Abdulkader Tayob, Johann Kinghorn, Azila Reisenberger, Ezra Tisani, James Cochrane, Heribert Adam, Phillip Dexter, Nokuzola Mndende, Cornelia Roux, Gordon Mitchell, Juergen Luethje, Freimut Duve, Sibusiso Bengu, Wolfram Weiße, Peter Körner, Ursula Guenther, Juergen Ossenbruegge, Erhard Kamphausen, Andreas Heuser