Conversion to christianity in African history before colonial modernity: Power, intermediaries and texts

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dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.15488/2995
dc.identifier.uri http://www.repo.uni-hannover.de/handle/123456789/3025
dc.contributor.author Rüther, Kirsten
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-28T14:00:55Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-28T14:00:55Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Rüther, K.: Conversion to christianity in African history before colonial modernity: Power, intermediaries and texts. In: Medieval History Journal 12 (2009), Nr. 2, S. 249-273. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/097194580901200204
dc.description.abstract This article examines different paradigms of conversions to Christianity in regions of Africa prior to the advent of colonial modernity. Religious change, in general, connected converts and various intermediaries to resources and power within specific settings. Even though African cultures were oral, conversions generated the production of texts which became important print media and were at least partly responsible for prompting conversions elsewhere in the world. The first case study explains how mission initiatives along the so-called West African slave coast almost always resulted in failure between 1450 and 1850, but how these failed efforts figure as important halfway options which reveal fundamental mechanisms of conversion. The dynamics of interaction were different in the African Kingdom of Kongo, where conversions became intimately entwined in the consolidation of political power and where, subsequent to the adoption of Christianity, new understandings of power evolved. Last but not least, in South Africa, again, another paradigm of conversion developed within the nexus of conflict and settler violence. Contested narratives of Christianity and conversion emerged as settlers tried to keep Christianity as a religious resource to be shared among whites only. eng
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher London : SAGE Publications Ltd.
dc.relation.ispartofseries Medieval History Journal 12 (2009), Nr. 2
dc.rights Es gilt deutsches Urheberrecht. Das Dokument darf zum eigenen Gebrauch kostenfrei genutzt, aber nicht im Internet bereitgestellt oder an Außenstehende weitergegeben werden. Dieser Beitrag ist aufgrund einer (DFG-geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
dc.subject Africa eng
dc.subject Christianity eng
dc.subject.ddc 900 | Geschichte und Geografie ger
dc.subject.ddc 960 | Geschichte Afrikas ger
dc.title Conversion to christianity in African history before colonial modernity: Power, intermediaries and texts eng
dc.type article
dc.type Text
dc.relation.issn 0971-9458
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1177/097194580901200204
dc.bibliographicCitation.issue 2
dc.bibliographicCitation.volume 12
dc.bibliographicCitation.firstPage 249
dc.bibliographicCitation.lastPage 273
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