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Church, state, and society in Kenya : from mediation to opposition, 1963-1993 /
Galia Sabar.
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London ; Portland, Or. : Frank Cass, 2002.
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xvi, 334 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
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0714650773
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London ; Portland, Or. : Frank Cass, 2002.
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0714650773
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4764919
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 297-324) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Galia Sabar is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-04-01:
This estimable study focuses in depth on one church in one country, but it shows well how and why the progressively indigenized Anglican Church moved from mediating between state and society (the classical in-between posture) under President Jomo Kenyatta, to opposing and actively working against the corrupt regime of President Daniel arap Moi. Sabar's analysis benefited from unparalleled access to the central archives (such as they were) and the provincial papers of the various dioceses of the Anglican Church throughout Kenya, enabling her to discuss the modern Anglican Church in Kenya holistically. She offers chapters on the church's educational and agricultural pursuits, medical adventures, and evolving theological debates. Sabar (Tel Aviv Univ.) shows how the church progressively became more politicized and how its liberal roots led to a strong democratic stance in the 1990s. As Sabar suggests, over time the Anglican Church (much more confrontationally than its evangelical or Roman Catholic rivals) "articulated a language of contest." As the state lost its legitimacy, the church sought more and more accountability and transparency for Kenya. Its strength throughout, says Sabar, was the church's own internal democratic credibility. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. I. Rotberg Harvard University
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crucial role of the church in shaping Kenya's emerging civil society and in developing an alternative politics.
Main Description
During the 1980s, religion was widely assumed to have lost its dominant position in Western culture and to be losing ground throughout the world. This has not been the case. Today we see an upsurge in religion worldwide, which has affected people's spiritual, cultural, economic and political lives. Much has been written about the expanded role of religion in the socio-political arena of Islam in the Middle East, of the Catholic Church in countries formerly under Communist control, and of the rising neo-Pentecostalism in Latin America. Similary, much has also been written about the colonial evangelism and the expansion on the role of Christianity in post-colonial Africa. This book joins the debate on the role of Christianity in coloniality, and more so, in post-coloniality and neo-coloniality in Kenya. It traces the process of transformation in which the church, state and society in Kenya took part, and attempts to construct new understandings of the relationships between the three. It demonstrates thecrucial role of the church in shaping Kenya's emerging civil society and in developing an alternative politics.
Long Description
During the 1980s, religion was widely assumed to have lost its dominant position in Western culture and to be losing ground throughout the world. This has not been the case. Today we see an upsurge in religion worldwide, which has affected people's spiritual, cultural, economic and political lives. Much has been written about the expanded role of religion in the socio-political arena of Islam in the Middle East, of the Catholic Church in countries formerly under Communist control, and of the rising neo-Pentecostalism in Latin America. Similary, much has also been written about the colonial evangelism and the expansion on the role of Christianity in post-colonial Africa. This book joins the debate on the role of Christianity in coloniality, and more so, in post-coloniality and neo-coloniality in Kenya. It traces the process of transformation in which the church, state and society in Kenya took part, and attempts to construct new understandings of the relationships between the three. It demonstrates the crucial role of the church in shaping Kenya's emerging civil society and in developing an alternative politics.
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In this study, Galia Sabar considers the role of Christianity in colonial and post-colonial Kenya and traces the process of transformation in which the Church, state and society in Kenya took part.
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This volume offers a debate on the role of Christianity in post-colonial Kenya, charting the role of the church, state and society in the transformation of Kenya and the relationship between the three. It shows how the church initiated health, education, and economic activities, showing it to be a major instrument of transformation.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Illustrationsp. vi
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Abbreviations and Glossaryp. xiii
Map of Kenya showing CPK Dioceses, 1994p. xv
Introductionp. 1
Temporal Means to Holy Ends
Temporal Means to Holy Ends: 1846-1939p. 27
Secular Power, Sacred Authority: 1939-63p. 46
Church, State and Society under Kenyatta, 1963-78
Transferring Allegiances: The Church and Political Independencep. 65
Silence and Discoursep. 77
Education and Cultural Workp. 88
Health and Relief Workp. 119
Agricultural and Economic Venturesp. 125
Gradual Divergence in the Church's Positionp. 150
The Church in the Kenyatta Era: Mediative Ambiguityp. 170
Church, State and Society under Moi, 1978-92
Theological Foundations for Political Activismp. 177
The Sermons Debate: 1982-88p. 194
'The Kenya We Want': 1988-90p. 205
The Struggle for Multipartyism: 1991-92p. 233
The Politicization of the Church's Development Work: 1978-92p. 252
By Way of Conclusion: Community, Consciousness and the Content of Democracyp. 278
Appendixp. 295
Select Bibliographyp. 297
Indexp. 325
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