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Politics of Religious Freedom$
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Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, and Saba Mahmood

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226248479

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.001.0001

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Traditional, African, Religious, Freedom?

Traditional, African, Religious, Freedom?

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(p.89) Chapter Seven Traditional, African, Religious, Freedom?
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Politics of Religious Freedom
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Rosalind I. J. Hackett

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.003.0009

This essay describes the active resistance to both Christian and Islamic efforts in sub-Saharan Africa to exclude the indigenous religious traditions of Africa from legal protection. African traditional or indigenous religions are often not acknowledged as “religions” due to a lack of centralized structure and leadership. Hackett explores the legal prejudice African religious practitioners encounter both locally and internationally.

Keywords:   Africa, African traditional religion, indigenous religion, religious freedom

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