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the gender of piety family faith and colonial rule in matabeleland zimbabwe
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the gender of piety family faith and colonial rule in matabeleland zimbabwe
Urban-Mead uses African church-goers’ biographies from the early and mid-twentieth century to illuminate, from the inside, the environment of Zimbabwean nationalism in Matabe  Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400 to 1948978-0-8214-2158-1978-0-8214-2157-4978-0-8214-4527-3Christian Origins in Muslim Northern Nigeria, c. 1890–1975This book considers the rise of born-again Christianity in Africa through a study of one of the most dynamic Pentecostal movements. David Maxwell traces the transformation of the prophet Ezekiel Guti and his prayer band from small beginnings in the townships of the 1950s into the present-day transnational business enterprise, which is now the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God.$80.00 ($64)The Gender of Piety: Family, Faith, and Colonial Rule in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe · Ohio University Press / Swallow PressThe Gender of PietyFamily, Faith, and Colonial Rule in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe“Urban-Mead uses African church-goers’ biographies from the early and mid-twentieth century to illuminate, fromPaul S. Landau, author of “Urban-Mead should be commended for writing a book that challenges scholars to reconsider how they study and theorize about practices of faith in a social world.”The Mennonite Quarterly Review“Through close examination, Wendy Urban-Mead illuminates the gendered connections of individual women and men to the Brethren in Christ Church in Zimbabwe. The detailed biographies to reveal a pattern: proper female behavior intersected with church teachings, while men encountered difficulties in combining Ndebele masculine expectations with church ideology. is a major contribution to studies of family, church, and gender history in Africa.”Kathleen Sheldon, UCLA Center for the Study of WomenThe study is based on more than fifteen years of extensive oral history research supported by archival work in Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The oral accounts make it clear, official versions to the contrary, that the church was led by spiritually powerful women and that maleness and mission-church notions of piety were often incompatible. uses a gendered interpretive lens to analyze the complex relationship between the church and broader social change in this region of southern Africa.Wendy Urban-Mead is an associate professor of history at the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College in upstate New York. She is coeditor of Social Sciences and Missions.
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