Development and Politics from Below: Exploring Religious by Maria Frahm-Arp (Editor) Barbara Bompani (Editor)

By Maria Frahm-Arp (Editor) Barbara Bompani (Editor)

Faith is taking part in an more and more vital function in African political and developmental lifestyles. This booklet deals an empirical and theoretical mirrored image at the relationships among faith, politics and improvement in Africa; the meanings of faith in non-Western contexts and how that's embedded within the lifestyle of individuals in Africa.

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Nl). In recent years, this fact alone has caused policy-makers of all sorts, including governmental as well nongovernmental agents, to pay attention to the factor of religion in designing their policies. However, though it is quite common today for development agents to include religious organizations in their work, there is still a great reluctance to investigate the type of ideology on which these institutions are based. This is largely due to a fear on the part of secular institutions 40 Gerrie ter Haar 41 and of researchers educated in a secular tradition of being drawn into a sphere of life which – in the West – is seen as not belonging to the public realm.

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