PhD Defense Erik Meinema: Regulating Religious Co-Existence
In this PhD research, Christianity, Islam, and indigenous African religiosity (or ‘Traditionalism’) are analysed within one conceptual framework. This is relevant, since earlier scholarship in religious studies and anthropology has primarily focused on either Christianity or Islam, or the relations between one of these two religious traditions with Traditionalism. The topic is approached through a focus on civil society organisations which receive Western funding to organise ‘interfaith’ cooperation to ‘build peace’ and to ‘counter violent extremism’.
The thesis asks how modes of religious coexistence are negotiated and contested in such civil society settings, and how present modes of coexistence intersect with historical patterns of interaction. The main contribution of the thesis is that it provides a detailed analysis of how modes of religious coexistence in coastal Kenya have been shaped and constituted through colonial and postcolonial forms of political governance and through transregional connections and encounters between three important religious traditions of coastal Kenya, namely Christianity, Islam, and Traditionalism. In this way, the thesis demonstrates how the implementation of ‘interfaith’ cooperation in Malindi is not simply determined by Western donor policies, but also deeply entangled with established patterns of political governance and religious coexistence.
The study emphasises the significance of paying detailed attention to the complex transactions and processes of translation that characterise the mobilisation of religious actors for development work and ‘interfaith’ cooperation, both in coastal Kenya and beyond.
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- PhD candidate
- Erik Meinema
- Regulating Religious Co-Existence: The Intricacies of ‘Interfaith’ Cooperation in Coastal Kenya
- PhD supervisor(s)
- Prof. B. Meyer
- Dr L.M. van Liere
- More information
- Full text via Utrecht University Repository