Christians and Chiefs in Zimbabwe: A Social History of the Hwesa People C. 1870s-1990s

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Edinburgh University Press for the International African Institute, London, 1999 - Christianisme et civilisation - Zimbabwe (Nord-Est) - Histoire - 291 pages
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Focusing on the religion and politics of a remote chiefdom in Zimbabwe, this book describes how the Hwesa people adapted the Christianity that the missionaries brought to found their own popular Christianity, pitted against local notions of evil. It also examines the role of the chief, challenging the idea that they were no more that colonial stooges.

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David Maxwell is Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Cambridge University and Fellow of Emmanuel College. He is author of Christians and Chiefs in Zimbabwe: A Social History of the Hwesa People c.1870s-1990s (1999) and African Gifts of the Spirit: Pentecostalism and the Rise of aZimbabwean Transnational Religious Movement (2006). He was long-time Editor of The Journal of Religion in Africa. He is currently writing a book about missionaries and African agents in the creation of colonial knowledge in colonial Belgian Congo and has edited with Patrick Harries, The Spiritual inthe Secular. Missionaries and Knowledge about Africa (2012).

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