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Freeing Religion at the Birth of South Sudan

Freeing Religion at the Birth of South Sudan

Chapter:
(p.280) Chapter Twenty-Three Freeing Religion at the Birth of South Sudan
Source:
Politics of Religious Freedom
Author(s):
Noah Salomon
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.003.0028

This essay discusses the law and politics of religious freedom in the recently created state of South Sudan. Christianity often serves as a proxy for national culture and marginalizes indigenous African traditions and Islam. Categorizing the populace according to faith affiliations forecloses and solidifies religious boundaries in a country where boundaries are fluid and the socio-political order is in transition.

Keywords:   South Sudan, Christianity, Law and politics, Religious pluralism, Islam, indigenous religion, post-conflict political order

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