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Christian Churches in Dahomey-Benin: A Study of Their Socio-Political Role (Studies of Religion in Africa) [Hardcover]

By Patrick Claffey (Author)
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This book, divided into two broad sections, examines the state in the Republic of Benin and the socio-political role of the Christian churches. The first looks at the remarkable pre-colonial kingdom of Danxom? and its place in the imagining of the modern "contrat social beninois," The second section looks at both the historical role of the mainline churches and the more recent development of a "Christianisme beninois," The study concludes that the churches are above all a commentary upon the society in which they find themselves. Rather than an overt challenge to the state, they articulate social distress and the desire for a different future. In times of stress they may prove to be the only viable institutional buttress as well as the arbiter. This study seeks to make a contribution to the understanding of the public role of Christian churches in Africa.

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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.52" Width: 6.59" Height: 0.99"
Weight:   1.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 31, 2007
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004155724  
ISBN13  9789004155725  


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More About Patrick Claffey


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Patrick Claffey who was born in Ireland, worked for 25 years as a Catholic missionary in Togo and Benin (West Africa). This was during a period of immense and often dramatic change (1977-2002) when the post-colonial state was running into serious difficulties. He returned to academic work in 1999 using his experience as the basis for a Ph.D. thesis at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He currently lectures Social and Political Studies at the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin.

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1Books > Subjects > History > Africa > Benin
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Special Groups > Ethnic Studies
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > History



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