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The Realm of the Word: Language, Gender and Christianity in a Southern African Kingdom (Social History of Africa) [Paperback]

Paul Stuart Landau


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21 Aug 1995 043508965X 978-0435089658
"The Realm of the Word" is the first study of mission Christianity in colonial southern Africa to treat religion and society as a coherent whole. While previous works have concentrated on the interactions of European missionaries and Africans, Landau shifts the focus to African evangelists, schoolchildren, cattle barons, healers, miscreants, political rebels, and, most of all, Christian women. Drawing as much as possible on the words of Tswana contemporaries, his sources include oral traditions and reminiscences, court reports, and royal and ecclesiastic correspondence in SeTswana, as well as government and missionary archives. The ideologies and practices of Christianity emerge as inseparable from a kingdom's construction of power in central Botswana--a realm of the Word, premised not on Western hegemony, but instead on Tswana self-rule.

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?Paul Landau's fascinating study . . . is among the best historical accounts of Christianity available for any part of Africa.?-Richard Elphick, Wesleyan University

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