Politics and Religion in Zimbabwe: The Deification of Robert G. Mugabe

1st Edition

Ezra Chitando

Routledge
May 5, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 200 Pages
ISBN 9780367376185 - CAT# 328330
Series: Routledge Studies on Religion in Africa and the Diaspora

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Summary

This book illustrates how religion and ideology were used by Robert Mugabe to ward off opposition within his own party, in Zimbabwe and from the West.

An interdisciplinary line up of contributors argue that Mugabe used a calculated narrative of deification – presenting himself as a divine figure who had the task of delivering land, freedom and confidence to black people across the world - to remain in power in Zimbabwe. The chapters highlight the appropriation and deployment of religious themes in Mugabe’s domestic and international politics, reflect on the contestation around the deification of Mugabe in Zimbabwean politics across different forms of religious expression, including African Traditional Religions and various strands of Christianity and initiate further reflections on the interface between religion and politics in Africa and globally.

Politics and Religion in Zimbabwe will be of interest to scholar of religion and politics, Southern Africa and African politics.

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