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The Politics of Interfaith Institutions in Contemporary Tanzania

Olsson, Hans LU (2011) In Studies on Inter-Religious Relations 51.
Abstract
Focusing on the case of Tanzania, this study highlights the role of

religious institutions in building national unity and consolidating

democracy in the multi-religious contexts of Sub-Saharan Africa.

In recent years cooperation along inter- and intra-religious lines

has been strongly encouraged as a way of coping with tensions

evident in the society. The case of the Inter-Religious Council for

Peace Tanzania (IRCPT) is analysed from a power-oriented perspective

as well as in light of present-day civil society relations and

the historical religio-political context. The study explores interfaith

cooperation in Tanzania in relation to the ujamaa... (More)
Focusing on the case of Tanzania, this study highlights the role of

religious institutions in building national unity and consolidating

democracy in the multi-religious contexts of Sub-Saharan Africa.

In recent years cooperation along inter- and intra-religious lines

has been strongly encouraged as a way of coping with tensions

evident in the society. The case of the Inter-Religious Council for

Peace Tanzania (IRCPT) is analysed from a power-oriented perspective

as well as in light of present-day civil society relations and

the historical religio-political context. The study explores interfaith

cooperation in Tanzania in relation to the ujamaa ideology,

civil religion, western development discourses and neopatrimonial

practices. It shows how religious institutions are connected to political

power and involved in ongoing informal political struggles

over both resources and institutions that to a greater or lesser extent

affect and determine their inter- and intra-religious relationships.

In short, the study argues that if the effects of present-day

interfaith initiatives are to be adequately assessed, inter-religious

cooperation, which is promoted as a facilitator of development,

needs to be properly contextualised in its political setting. (Less)
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Interfaith cooperation, civil society, Tanzania, ujamaa, christian-muslim relations, international donors, religious politics
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Studies on Inter-Religious Relations
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51
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92 pages
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Swedish Science Press: Uppsala
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978-91-89652-41-5
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English
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  abstract     = {Focusing on the case of Tanzania, this study highlights the role of<br/><br>
religious institutions in building national unity and consolidating<br/><br>
democracy in the multi-religious contexts of Sub-Saharan Africa.<br/><br>
In recent years cooperation along inter- and intra-religious lines<br/><br>
has been strongly encouraged as a way of coping with tensions<br/><br>
evident in the society. The case of the Inter-Religious Council for<br/><br>
Peace Tanzania (IRCPT) is analysed from a power-oriented perspective<br/><br>
as well as in light of present-day civil society relations and<br/><br>
the historical religio-political context. The study explores interfaith<br/><br>
cooperation in Tanzania in relation to the ujamaa ideology,<br/><br>
civil religion, western development discourses and neopatrimonial<br/><br>
practices. It shows how religious institutions are connected to political<br/><br>
power and involved in ongoing informal political struggles<br/><br>
over both resources and institutions that to a greater or lesser extent<br/><br>
affect and determine their inter- and intra-religious relationships.<br/><br>
In short, the study argues that if the effects of present-day<br/><br>
interfaith initiatives are to be adequately assessed, inter-religious<br/><br>
cooperation, which is promoted as a facilitator of development,<br/><br>
needs to be properly contextualised in its political setting.},
  author       = {Olsson, Hans},
  isbn         = {978-91-89652-41-5},
  keyword      = {Interfaith cooperation,civil society,Tanzania,ujamaa,christian-muslim relations,international donors,religious politics},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {92},
  publisher    = {ARRAY(0x91cbe38)},
  series       = {Studies on Inter-Religious Relations},
  title        = {The Politics of Interfaith Institutions in Contemporary Tanzania},
  volume       = {51},
  year         = {2011},
}