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The state of secularism : religion, tradition and democracy in South Africa, Dhammamegha Annie Leatt

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The state of secularism : religion, tradition and democracy in South Africa
Title
The state of secularism
Title remainder
religion, tradition and democracy in South Africa
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Dhammamegha Annie Leatt
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Language
eng
Summary
The Dutch Reformed Church, it was said in apartheid South Africa, was the National Party at prayer, and indeed, given that the Bible was so fundamental to much of the legislation that governed the apartheid state, that apparently satirical description had the ring of truth. {u2018}Religion in South Africa{u2019}s past{u2019}, writes Dhammamegha Annie Leatt has been {u2018}saturated by politics{u2019} and politics {u2018}saturated by religion{u2019}. So how, she asks, was it possible for a new state to found itself without religious authority? Why did the churches give up so much of their political role in the transition? How can we think about tradition and the customary in relation to secularism? How can we not? In The State of Secularism Leatt guides the reader from a history of global political secularism through an exploration of the roles played by religion and traditional authority in apartheid South Africa to the position of religion in the post-apartheid state. She analyses the negotiations relating to religion in the constitution-making process, arguing, that South Africa is both secular in its Constitution and judicial foundations and increasingly non-secular in its embrace of traditional authorities and customary law. In the final chapter Leatt turns her attention to post-apartheid South Africa, examining changing relationships between churches and the ruling African National Congress and the increasing influence of traditional leaders and evangelical Christians in an anti-liberal alliance. This book makes a tremendous contribution to the literature on postcolonial politics on the African continent. It has wonderful insights into the founding of a constitutional democracy in South African and will appeal to students in history, politics, sociology and anthropology and constitutional law
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Leatt, Dhammamegha Annie
Dewey number
211.60968
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index present
LC call number
BL2765.S6
LC item number
L43 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Secularism
  • Religion and state
  • South Africa
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The state of secularism : religion, tradition and democracy in South Africa, Dhammamegha Annie Leatt
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rdacontent
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CR9781776141029
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1 online resource (xv, 232 pages)
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online
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9781776140572
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computer
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rdamedia
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The state of secularism : religion, tradition and democracy in South Africa, Dhammamegha Annie Leatt
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 09 May 2018)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9781776141029
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 232 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781776140572
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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