Browsing Category Religious Studies

GROWING UP MUSLIM, the five pillars of Islam
30 minutes, DVD, , No Date. OUT OF PRINT
A documentary featuring two children, Aa-isha Valley, aged 9, and Hafeez Sonday, aged 15, who explain the five pillars of Islam, basic acts considered obligatory by believers: "shahada" (the Islamic creed), "salat" (daily prayers), "zakat" (almsgiving), "sawm" (fasting during the month of Ramadan), and "hajj" (pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime).

The children also talk about how it feels to live as a Muslim in Cape Town. The film includes commentary from Imam Rashied Omar from Clarement Mosque.
Ackermann (D.) SURPRISED BY THE MAN ON THE BORROWED DONKEY, ordinary blessings
319 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R290
A collection of essays by theologian Denise Ackermann.

"This is vintage Denise Ackermann. As always her writing is fresh and lively, her theology perceptive and challenging, and her spirituality profound and caring. The reader could not ask for more. But there is more. Denise brings to her reflections a creative freedom and conviction that is only possible for someone who has lived what she now writes, and is able to write what she has embodied and taught with courage and compassion." John de Gruchy, a Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge and chair at Robert Taylor Chair of Christian Studies

"The scholar can often be abrasive and intimidating. In this book, Denise Ackermann is erudite and yet alluring and gentle. The reader imagines a gentle smile playing round her lips while she exposes the absurdities of the many facets of male chauvinism and the injustice in the treatment of those who are not heterosexual. She is a formidable and yes (sic) a charming adversary." Desmond Tutu

Denise Ackermann is Extraordinary Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Stellenbosch. He other books include "After the Locusts" and "Claiming Our Footprints".
Allen (J.) RABBLE-ROUSER FOR PEACE, the authorised biography of Desmond Tutu
481 pp., maps, illus., paperback. d.w., London, 2006. R165
"As a religious correspondent of a major South African daily newspaper, John Allen covered Desmond Tutu's rise to prominence in the years following the Soweto uprising in 1976. He served with Tutu for 13 years from 1987, first as his press secretary and then as Communications Director of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and at Emory University in the United States."
Brown (D.) ed. RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY IN SOUTH AFRICA, new perspectives
294 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2009. R210
Contributions include "The South African Constitutional Court's Reading of the Right to Freedom of Religion" by Patrick Lenta,
"Islamisation and Muslim Institutions/ Organisations in South Africa" by Suleiman Dangor,
"The Modern Pagan Witch: negotiating a contested religious identity in post-apartheid South Africa" by Dale Wallace,
"Eastern Mosaic: shades of Hindu women in South Africa" by Subeshini Moodley,
"Remembering the Bushmen: nostalgia and postcolonial spiritualities" by Dennis Walder,
"Building a New Society Using the Building Blocks of Ubuntu/ Botho/ Vhuthu" by Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane, and
"The Mediation of Public and Private Selves in the Performance of Sermons and Narratives of Near-Death Experiences in the Nazarite Church" by Nkosinathi Sithole.

Duncan Brown is Dean of the Arts Faculty at the University of the Western Cape. His previous books include "Voicing the Text", "Oral Literature and Performance in Southern Africa" and "To Speak of this Land."
Catholic Health Care Association of Southern Africa IN THE SERVICE OF HEALING, a history of Catholic health care in southern Africa
128 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2011. R105
An account of the work done by the Catholic missionaries in southern Africa who established hospitals and clinics in the rural areas.
Cilliers (P.) PILGRIM,
432 pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2013. R225
A new edition of television producer Pieter Cillier's autobiography. In the first edition, published in 1997 under the title "'n Kas is vir Klere", Cilliers described his struggle as a gay Christian and ordained minister coming to terms with his homosexuality. This new edition includes "Different", the English translation of "'n Kas is vir Klere", and a second book, "Sixteen Years Later", which revolves around the many letters of support, as well as the hate mail, he has received since the publication of his first book.

The Afrikaans edition of this book, "Soeker", was published in 2011. Translated into English by Elsa Silke and Pieter Cilliers.

"Many gay Christians will say that ''n Kas is vir Klere' was the book that helped them to reconcile their identity with their faith. With 'Soeker', I believe, Cilliers will again exert huge influence." Dr André Barlett

"Heart-rending; honest; excellent. In short: a powerful, well-articulated, much-needed book." Professor Andries van Aarde, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria.

Pieter Cilliers began his career as a minister in the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa. After six years, he left the ministry, and became a multi-award-winning television journalist, producer and director.
Claassen (G.) & Gaum (F.) eds. GOD?, gesprekke oor die oorsprong en uiteinde van alles
384 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R210
George Claassen and Frits Gaum discuss the existence or non-existence of God with twelve believers and twelve non-believers, including Antjie Krog, Rhoda Kadalie, and Breyten Breytenbach.

Text in Afrikaans.
Coertzen (P.), Green (M.) & Hansen (L.) eds. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND RELIGIOUS PLURALISM IN AFRICA, prospects and limitations
471pp., paperback, Stellenbosch, 2016. R760
A collection of papers presented at the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS) third annual conference help in Windhoek , Namibia, in 2015.

Contributions include:
"South African's 'ulama' and the Darul Ulums: 'sharia' agents between society and the state" by Muhammed Haron
"Maintaining a Delicate Balance between Religious Freedom and Duty to Combat Religion-based Child Marriages in Zimbabwe" by Turisai Mutangi
"Religious Observances in South African Public Schools" by Pieter Coertzen
"Avenging Spirits and the Vitality of African Traditional Law, Customs and Religion in Contemporary Zimbabwe" by Fortune Sibanda
Homosexuality and the Churches: controversies and challenges" by Helena van Coller.
Couper (A.) ALBERT LUTHULI, bound by faith
291 pp., illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2010. R260
The biography of Albert Luthuli, in which Scott Couper argues that, contrary to contemporary nationalist understanding, Luthuli did not countenance abandoning non-violence in favour of armed struggle in 1961.

"This impassioned and provocative account locates Luthuli as a man of uncompromising Chistian faith and principle who has been woefully - and perhaps wilfully - misinterpreted in ANC historiography. Couper produces a considerable body of fresh evidence to support his view that Luthuli was never persuaded of the moral or strategic imperative to abandon non-violence in favour of the armed struggle. " Saul Dubow, Sussex University

Scott Couper serves the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa as the Development Manager of the Inanda Seminary through the auspices of Global Ministries, United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Cruywagen (D.) THE SPIRITUAL MANDELA, faith and religion in the life of South Africa's great statesman
224pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R200
Journalist Dennis Cruywagen writes about Nelson Mandela's relationship to Christianity and how he balanced his Christian faith with traditional African beliefs and with his political views.
de Gruchy (J.) CHRISTIANITY AND THE MODERNISATION OF SOUTH AFRICA, a documentary history, volume 2
288 pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2009. R336
This book and its companion volume, "Christianity and the Colonisation of South Africa", were written as part of the Social History Project of the Research Institute on Christianity in South Africa (RICSA) at the University of Cape Town. The work is not an attempt to produce a history of the church or churches in South Africa. Rather, they are "studies of the role of Christianity in the social formation of the country". from the introduction

This volume covers the last three decades of the nineteenth century, when South Africa was transformed from a primarily rural and traditional society into an increasingly urban and capitalist one, and examines the role theology, and especially church doctrine, played in the construction of modern South Africa.
de Gruchy (J.) I HAVE COME A LONG WAY,
299pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R250
Foreword by Desmond Tutu.

The autobiography of theologian John de Gruchy, in which he recounts his involvement in the struggle for liberation and justice in South Africa, his involvement with the faith community of Volmoed outside Hermanus, and his meetings with Albert Luthuli, Jaap Durand, P.W. Botha, Constand Viljoen and close friend Desmond Tutu.

John W. de Gruchy was born in Pretoria in 1939. A leader during the anti-apartheid struggle, he is former Robert Selby Taylor Professor of Christian Studies at the University of Cape Town, an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, and an alumnus of Chicago Theological Seminary. In 2000 he was awarded the Karl Barth Prize by the Evangelical Church of the Union in Germany. Retired, he is now a resident member of the Volmoed Community for Reconciliation and Healing near Hermanus. His books include "Reconciliation: restoring justice", "Christianity, Art and Transformation: theological aesthetics in the struggle for justice" and, most recently, "A Theological Odyssey" and "Sawdust and Soul", written with William Everett.
de Gruchy (S.), Koopman (N.) & Strijbos (S.) eds. FROM OUR SIDE, emerging perspectives on development and ethics
288 pp., paperback, Amsterdam & Pretoria, 2008. R217
This collection of essays "is a collaborative effort of younger scholars in southern Africa and the Netherlands who are interested in the relationship between development and ethics from a Christian point of view."

Foreword by Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane.
Chapters include "Christian leadership in 'another country': contributing to an ethical development agenda in South Africa today" by Steve de Gruchy and Willem Ellis,
"Due South: the challenges and opportunities of African migrancy to South Africa", Geneieve James in conversation with Tadele Magesh,
"Wage negotiations and development in South Africa", Clint Le Bruyns in conversation with Archie Palane,
"'Ubuntu' and women's health agency in contemporary South Africa" by Sophia Chirongoma and Domoka Lucinda Manda with Zandile Myeni,
"Challenging stigma in the context of HIV/AIDS: towards integrating individual and societal intervention strategies" by Miranda N.Pillay in conversation with Tania Vergnani, and
"An African feminist ethicist evaluation of the patenting of life-forms based on African plant forms and knowledge", Puleng LenkaBula in conversation with Buhlakoana Manyanye.
Denis (P.) & Duncan (G.) THE NATIVE SCHOOL THAT CAUSED ALL THE TROUBLE, a history of the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa
319 pp., illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2011. R230
The Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa (Fedsem), established in 1963 in Alice in the Eastern Cape, was the main place of training black candidates for the ministry in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa and a cluster of Presbyterian churches. Because of its links with the black consciousness movements the apartheid regime ordered its expropriation in 1974 and harassed its staff and students. Fedsem closed down in 1993.
Denis (P.), Ntsimane (R.) & Cannell (T.) INDIANS VERSUS RUSSIANS, an oral history of political violence in Nxamalala (1987-1993)
91 pp., map, paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2010. R78
Between 2003 and 2007 researchers from the Sinomlando Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal, interviewed over fifty survivors from the civil war waged in the late 1980s and early 1990s between the African National Congress and Inkatha in a tribal area called Nxamalala on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg. The ANC supporters were labelled "Indians" by their enemies and the Inkatha supporters "Russians". They describe the assaults, murders and burning of property they suffered, but also how they survived, where they found consolation and how they managed to move on once the violence had subsided. All those interviewed combined various forms of Christianity with African traditional religion.

Philippe Denis is Professor of History of Christianity at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Director of the Sinomlando Centre.
Radikobo Ntsimane is a lecturer at the School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Deputy Director of the Sinomlando Centre.
Thomas Cannell works on community technology projects for the New York City Department of Health.
Dommisse (B.) THE SIX SAINTS OF SIMON'S TOWN, 1814-2014, commemorating the bicentenary of the building of the first Anglican Church in Southern Africa - St George's Church Simon's Town on 24 April 1814
67 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R140
A history of the Anglican Church in Simon's Town, from 1814 when the first church and parish was inaugurated, to the present.
Dube (L.), Shoko (T.) & Hayes (S.) AFRICAN INITIATIVES IN HEALING MINISTRY,
208 pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2011. R184
Lillian Dube, Tabona Shoko and Stephen Hayes provide an overview of traditional and Christian religion among the Shona people, and of the practice of healing in African Independent Churches. Also includes case studies that describe practices of healing in different Shona churches.

Lillian Dube was born and raised in Zimbabwe. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco.
Tabona Shoko is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Zimbabwe.
Stephen Hayes worked in the Missiology and Editorial Departments of the University of South Africa before retiring in 1999.
Ebrahim (M.) SHAYKH ISMAIL HANIF EDWARDS, his life and works
272 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2004) 2011. R125
Reprint of the biography of Shaykh Ismail Hanif Edwards(1906-1958) that examines his literary contribution and the influence he had on the Muslims of Cape Town. He served as an imām at the Nūr al-Islām Masjid in Buitengracht Street and at the Muhammaddiyya Mosque, and published around thirty works on Islāmic jurisprudence, Arabic grammar, Qur’ānic recital and other topics.
Ebrahim (M.) SHAYKH MUHAMMAD SALIE DIEN, a leader of distinction
475 pp., illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2012 . R265
A biography of Shaykh Dien, born in Wynberg in 1920. A qualified teacher, he pursued Islamic studies in Cairo from 1947 to 1956. On his return to Cape Town, he lectured in various mosques around Cape Town, and was appointed Imam of Masjid al-Salaam in Belgravia Estate in 1959. He served this community for fifty years. An opponent of the apartheid state, he was interrogated by the security branch on a number of occasions. He was also responsible for establishing the Islamic Welfare Society in 1959. The University of the Western Cape bestowed an Honorary Doctorate on the 90-year-old Shaykh at his bedside in June 2010, shortly before he died.
Elbourne (E.) BLOOD GROUND, colonialism, missions, and the contest for Christianity in the Cape Colony and Britain, 1799-1853
499 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Reprint, Montreal, (2002) 2008. R725
Elizabeth Elbourne examines the relationship between the Khoekhoe, the British empire and the London Missionary Society in the Cape Colony at a time when different groups competed to mobilize Christianity for their own ends.

This book won the Canadian Historical Society's Wallace K.Ferguson Prize and the Canadian Association of African Studies' Joel Gregory Prize.

"...subtle, well-grounded in the sources, even-handed, well-argued, unpretentious, pleasantly written and, in short, an intellectual treat. Read it." Robert Ross

"Elbourne makes out a good case for revisiting a pioneering missionary enterprise swept up in the maelstrom of frontier warfare and advancing British colonialism." Norman Etherington

Elizabeth Elbourne is Associate Professor in History at McGill University.
Eloff (F.) & du Toit (K.) SACRED SPACES AND CONTESTED IDENTITIES, space and ritual dynamics in Europe and Africa
391pp., illus., maps, paperback, Trenton, 2014. R550
Contributions include:
"Sacred Space and the Ritual of the Anthill: southern African reflections" by Mogomme Masoga and Philip Nel
"The Making of Eastern Free State Pilgrimage" by Shirley du Plooy
"Economic versus Symbolic Owership of Sacred Sites in the Eastern Free State: contestations of the sacred" by Philip Nel
"Constructing 'National' Sacred Space(s) - Notes, Queries and Positions: the case of the South African Freedom Park monument" by Mogomme Masoga.

Paul Post is Professor of Ritual Studies, School of Humanities, Tilburg University, Netherlands.
Philip Nel taught at the University of the Free State from 1975 to 2009. In 2007 he established a Centre for Africa Studies at the university, where he is currently an associate researcher.
Walter van Beek is Professor of Anthropology of Religion, School of Humanities, Tilburg University, Netherlands.
Elphick (R.) THE EQUALITY OF BELIEVERS, Protestant missionaries and the racial politics of South Africa
437 pp., hardback, d.w., First S.A.Edition, Pietermaritzburg, 2012. R335
First published in the USA.

Richard Elphick explores the pivotal role protestant missionaries and their teachings played in shaping South Africa's history.

"'The Equality of believers' is an original and substantial contribution to the study of the history of Christian missions in southern Africa...The scholarship is impressive and the outcome is persuasive, and the book is undoubtedly the most important contribution to the debate to date." John de Gruchy, University of Cape Town

"Richard Elphick's book tells the engrossing and very tragic tale of how the missions policy of the Afrikaans churches led them to sacrifice their most precious possession, their faith, on the altar of Afrikaner political survival through its instrument, apartheid." Hermann Giliomee, Stellenbosch University

Richard Elphick is Professor of History at Wesleyan University. His other books include "Christianity in South Africa", written with T.R.Davenport, "Democratic Liberalism in South Africa", written with Jeffrey Butler and David Welsh, "Khoikhoi and the Founding of South Africa", and "The Shaping of South African Society, 1652-1820", written with Hermann Giliomee.
Englund (H.) ed. CHRISTIANITY AND PUBLIC CULTURE IN AFRICA,
238 pp., paperback, Reprint, Athens, (2011) 2012. R325
A collection of essays that explore the social and political implications of Christianity in contemporary Africa.

Contributions include:
"Rethinking African Christianities, beyond the religion-politics conundrum" by Harri Englund
"Debating the Secular in Zambia, the response of the Catholic Church to scientific socialism and Christian nation, 1976-2006" by Marja Hinfelaar
"From Spiritual Warfare to Spiritual Kinship, Islamophobia and evangelical radio in Malawi" by Harri Englund
"Believing Practically and Trusting Socially in Africa, the contrary case of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Durban, South Africa" by Ilana van Wyk.

Harri Englund is a reader in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.
Funke (N.) & Solomon (H.) EXPLORING ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALIST IDEOLOGIES IN AFRICA,
410 pp., map, paperback, Pretoria, 2006. R295
Nikki Funke and Hussein Solomon examine Islamic fundamentalist ideologies in Algeria, Sudan and South Africa and explore the root causes of fundamentalism in Africa.

Nikki Funke is a Senior Associate of the Centre for International Political Studies at the University of Pretoria and is working as a social scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
Professor Hussein Solomon lectures at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria where he is also Director of the Centre for International Political Studies.
Gamieldien (F.) THE HISTORY OF THE CLAREMONT MAIN ROAD MOSQUE, ITS PEOPLE AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO ISLAM IN SOUTH AFRICA,
148 pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2004. OUT OF PRINT
This book was published as part of the 150 years commemoration of the Mosque's founding.
Gennrich (D.), Inglis (J.) & Kromberg (H.) eds. JOURNEYING FOR JUSTICE, stories of an ongoing faith-based struggle
144 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2009. R192
Compiled by the PACSA 30th Anniversary Collective.

Foreword by Desmond Tutu.

The experiences of men and women who have worked with the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Christian Social Awareness through thirty years of faith-based social justice work in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
Hackett (R.) & Soares (B.) eds NEW MEDIA AND RELIGIOUS TRANSFORMATIONS IN AFRICA, foreword by Francis B. Nyamnjoh
316pp., paperback, Bloomington, 2016. R650
A collection of essays that examine how many African religious leaders have appropriated new media technologies to gain public recognition and expand their communities. They also consider the way media have been used to marginalise and restrict the activities of other groups, and how this can lead to tension, conflict and even violence.

"Represents, as a whole, an excellent piece of academic work edited by two of the leading scholars in the field, bringing together an impressive number of authors who have done pioneering work in religion and media studies." Roman Loimeier, University of Göttingen

"This collection considers Islam and Christianity, but also African indigenous religions and will be extremely useful to scholars in media studies, religious studies, in sociology, political science, and anthropology, amongst other disciplines." Robert Launay, Northwestern University

Contributions include:
"Muslim Community Radio Stations: constructing and shaping identities in a democratic South Africa" by Muhammed Haron
"Zulu Dreamscapes: senses, media, and authentication in contemporary neo-shamanism" by David Chidester

Rosalind Hackett is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennesee, Knoxville.
Benjamin Soares is an anthropologist and Chair of the Researcher's Assembly at the Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden, The Netherlands.
Haddad (B.) ed. RELIGION AND HIV AND AIDS, charting the terrain
430 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2011. R285
A collection of essays that explore the interface between HIV, AIDS and religion.

Foreword by Robin Root and Alan Whiteside.

Contributions include:
"Religion and Policy on HIV and AIDS: a rapidly shifting landscape" by Jill Olivier
"Systematic Theological Reflection on HIV and AIDS: mapping the terrain" by Steve de Gruchy
"African Traditional Religions and HIV and AIDS: exploring the boundaries" by Ezra Chitando
"African Cultures and Gender in the Context of HIV and AIDS: probing these practices" by Nyokabi Kamau
"Transforming Masculinities Towards Gender Justice in an Era of HIV and AIDS: plotting the pathways" by Andriaan van Klinken
"HIV, AIDS and Stigma: discerning the silences" by Gillian Paterson.

Beverley Haddad is Director of the Theology and Development Programme and Director of the Collaborative for HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology at the School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Hearn (L.) TOWARDS A THEOLOGY OF HIV/AIDS, evil, suffering and world religions
160 pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2013. R380
Louise Hearn examines the issue of suffering in the world and argues that the problem of HIV/AIDS can only be approached from a multi-religious and multi-cultural perspective.

Louise Hearn was born in South Africa. She trained as a Baptist Minister in London and now leads a renewal church in rural Wales. This books is based on her doctoral studies on the subject of evil and suffering from a multi-religious viewpoint.
Holland (H.) AFRICAN MAGIC, traditional ideas that heal a continent
237 pp., colour illus., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2001) 2010. R170
A reprint of journalist Heidi Holland's book on Africa's traditional beliefs, illustrated through a collection of true stories.

Heidi Holland is also the author of "Dinner with Mugabe".
Kearney (P.) GUARDIAN OF THE LIGHT, Denis Hurley: renewing the Church, opposing apartheid
382 pp., illus., hardback, d.w, Pietermaritburg & New York, 2009. R395
A biography of Denis Hurley, Catholic Archbishop of Durban from 1951 to 1992 and Chancellor of the University of Natal from 1993 to 1998. He was an outspoken opponent of apartheid.

"Archbishop Hurley was one of our greatest South Africans. This biography reveals what gave him that stature - his integrity, fealessness, gentleness of spirit and his magnaminity. It is a must read for all of us." Desmond Tutu

Keller (E.j.) & Iyob (R.) eds. RELIGIOUS IDEAS AND INSTITUTIONS, transitions to democracy in Africa
180 pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2012. R266
A collection of papers that consider the relationship between religion and politics, arguing that Africa's religious organisations can play a central role in creating a political climate that enables elites to consolidate democracy. These papers were originally presented at the international conference, "Religious Ideas and Institutions and Transitions to Democracy in Africa", held in May 2007 at the UCLA Globalization Research Institute.

Contributions inlcude:
"The State, Religion and the Challenge to State Hegemony" by Jeffrey Haynes
"Religious Identity and Civil Conflict in Africa" by Marc Scarcelli
"Interrogating Secularism in Africa: paradigmaticor heretical?" by Ruth Iyob.

Edmond Keller is Professor of Political Science and director of the UCLA Globalization Research Center - Africa.
Ruth Iyob is an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri - St Louis.
Kirkaldy (A.) CAPTURING THE SOUL, the Vhavenda and the missionaries, 1870-1900
318pp., illus., maps, paperback, Pretoria, 2005. R200
Alan Kirkaldy examines the experiences of the Tshivenda-speaking Christians living in Vendaland (today's Limpopo Province) in the 1860s and how they were affected by the arrival of the Berlin missionaries. Converted to Christianity while working as migrant labourers in the Cape Colony or Natal, once back home they blended elements of their new faith with traditional African religion. When the missionaries arrived they worked to convert both the local population and these Christians. Kirkaldy also explores the missionaries' training in Germany and their attempts to make sense of their new environment.

Alan Kirkaldy is the Head of the Department of Development Studies at the University of Venda.
Kuljian (C.) SANCTUARY, how an inner-city church spilled onto a sidewalk
389 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R240
The story of how Central Methodist Church in downtown Johannesburg, led by Bishop Paul Verryn, came to offer refuge to over a thousand refugees and illegal immigrants from all over Africa who had nowhere else to go, and how the situation reached crisis point after the xenophobic attacks of 2008.

Paul Verryn, always an outspoken critic of the apartheid regime and with a history of ministering to the poor, had led the Central Methodist Church since 1997. He was suspended by the Methodist Church of South Africa in 2010, apparently on the grounds that he had exceeded his authority.

Christa Kuljian is a freelance writer based in Johannesburg.
Kumalo (R.S.) PASTOR AND POLITICIAN , essays on the legacy of JL Dube, the first President of the African National Congress
288 pp., paperback, Dorpspruit, 2012. R
Foreword by Prince Dibeela.

A collection of essays by and about JL Dube, the first president-general of the ANC in 1912. Dube was also a pastor of the American Zulu Mission (AZM), a Pan-Africanist, a teacher at Ohlange Christian Industrial School, which he founded in 1900, an editor of "Ilanga lase Natal, the first Zulu newspaper which he founded in 1903, and a counselor to Zulu kings.

"Kumalo's work has made clear the connections between the facets of Dube's life as a politician, religious leader and educator." Prince Dibeela, General Secretary, United Congregational Church of southern Africa

R.Simangaliso Kumalo is a public theologian and historian based at the School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he is currently Director for Research and Postgraduate Studies. He is the founding Director of the Religion and Governance Programme and the John Langalibalele Dube Memorial Lectures.
Lange (M.) ed. WATER STORIES/ WATERSTORIES, original !Garib narrations about the Water Snake/ oorspronklike !Garib-vertellinge van die Waterslang
54 pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R350
A collection of stories based on the responses of a group of Upington women of mixed cultural descent who shared their beliefs surrounding the Water Snake with Mary Lange. The women are: Johanna (Nana) de Wee, Martha van Rooi, Maria (Mokkie) Malo, Noxolo (Girlie) Prescilla Saaiman and Elizabeth (Bessa) Sixaxa. The original regional Afrikaans narrations have been supplemented with an English translation. The text is illustrated by regional artist Betta Steyn.

Mary Lange chairs ARROWSA: Art, Culture & Heritage for Peace and is an affiliate of The Centre for Communication, Media & Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Lessing (H.), Besten (J.), Dedering (T.), Holmann (C.) & Kriel (L.) eds. THE GERMAN PROTESTANT CHURCH IN COLONIAL SOUTHERN AFRICA, the impact of overseas work from the beginnings until the 1920s
694 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2012. R275
A collection of essays that cover the results of the Study Process on the Role of German Protestant Work Overseas in Colonial Southern Africa. The project seeks to examine how churches and mission societies contributed to constructing systems of racial segregation and to work towards unity and healing the divisions of the past.
Lienemann-Perrin (C.) & Cochrane (J.) eds. THE CHURCH AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE IN SOCIETIES IN TRANSITION,
278 pp., paperback, Dorpspruit , 2013. R225
A collection of essays about churches in societies in transition.

Contributions include:
"Public Church and Public Theology in South Africa's Political Transformation" by Katrin Kusmierz and James Cochrane
"The Role of the Churches in Mozambique's Journey from War to Peace" by Benedict Schubert
"New Socio-ethical Concepts in Public Theology in Transformational Processes in Asia, Africa, and Latin America" by Christine Lienemann-Perrin.

Madidi (A.) THE INFLUENCE OF ISLAM IN SOUTHERN AFRICA AND ITS IMPACT ON SOCIETY, a geographical perspective
58pp., illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R75
Geographer Abdur Rahman Madidi's explanation of how Islam spread in southern Africa from 1600 to the present.
Magona (S.) FROM ROBBEN ISLAND TO BISHOPSCOURT, the biography of Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane
300 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2011. R260
Njongonkulu Ndungane succeeded Desmond Tutu as Archbishop of Cape Town.
Matthews (D.) OUR CAPTURED MINDS, how religions and ideologies exploit morality to order and control society
152pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R195
David Anthony Matthews' reflections on how society is ordered and controlled by its leaders.
Miller, (T.E.) & Miller (S.S.) THE CHURCH OF GOD AND SAINTS OF CHRIST IN AFRICA, the first one hundred years (1903 - 2003)
90 pp., illus., paperback, Kent, Ohio, 2008. OUT OF PRINT
A history of The Church of God and Saints of Christ in Africa. The church was founded in 1896 in the USA by William Saunders Crowdy. In the early 1900s Prophet Crowdy sent Albert Christian to South Africa. He established churches in Cape Town, Port ELizabeth and Uitenhage, before returning to the USA.

Terry E.Miller and Sara Stone Miller both teach at Kent State University.
Mounton (E.) et al (eds.) LIVING WITH DIGNITY, African perspectives on gender equality
394pp., paperback, Stellenbosch, 2015. R500
A collection of essays that address gender equality from a theological perspective, as a fundamental expression of human dignity and justice.

Contributions include:
"Men and Women in Church and Society: equal in dignity?" by Nico Koopman
"Masks and the Men Behind Them: unmasking culturally-sanctioned gender inequality" by Edwin Zulu
"'Do not tell the person carrying you that s/he stinks': reflections in 'ubuntu' and masculinities in the context of sexual and gender-based violence and HIV" by Ezra Chitando
"'Your desire shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you!': desire and rule in traditional Shona understandings of marriage" by Ester Rutoro
Mukuka (G.S.) THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY, the silent experience of the Black clery in the Catholic Church in South Africa (1898-1976)
218 pp., illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2008. R112
Drawing on archival sources and oral history Dr Mukuka examines the geographical, social and anthropological environment in which the first black priests and the first African bishop in South Africa lived and worked.

Dr George Sombe Mukuka works as a researcher at the University of Johannesburg and is a visiting fellow at the Research School of Social Science (RSSS) history programme at the National University of Australia.
Naidoo (M.) ed. BETWEEN THE REAL AND THE IDEAL, ministerial formation in South African churches
184 pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2012. R185
A collection of essays that discuss ministerial formation practices within theological education from the perspective of different church traditions in South Africa.

Foreword by Desmond Tutu.

Marilyn Naidoo teaches at the Department of Practical Theology at the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Naudé (P.J.) NEITHER CALENDER NOR CLOCK, perspectives on the Belhar Confession
255 pp., paperback, Grand Rapids, 2010. R310
Piet Naudé presents and comments on the Belhar Commission texts, explores the historical background and theological significance of the confession, and dicusses its continuing relevance. The Belhar Confession, which arose out of the struggle against apartheid, was first adopted in 1982 by the "coloured" Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa.

Foreword by Dirkie Smit.

Piet Naudé is Professor of Ethics and Director of the Business School at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.
Nicolson (R.) ed. PERSONS IN COMMUNITY, African ethics in a global culture
146 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2008. OUT OF PRINT
Contributions include "African Ethics in a Globalising World" by Augustine Schutte,
"Religious Ethics, HIV and AIDS and Masculinities in Southern Africa" by Ezra Chitando,
"Reflections on Reconciliation and 'Ubuntu'" by R.Neville Richardson,
"Africa's Healing Wisdom: spiritual and ethical values of traditional African healthcare practices" by Lucinda Domoko Manda, and
"'Ubuntu' and Harmony: an African approach to morality and ethics" by Nhlanhla Mkhize.

Before his retirement Ronald Nicolson was Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Natal, now the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Nürnberger (K.) THE LIVING DEAD AND THE LIVING GOD, Christ and the ancestors in a changning Africa
312 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzberg & Pretoria, 2007. OUT OF PRINT
Foreword by Buti Tlhagale, Archbishop of Johannesburg.

Systematic theologian Klaus Nürnberger reflects on African traditional spirituality in the light of Christianity, the Reformation and modernity. He is Professor Emeritus, Fellow and Senior Research Associate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Nxozi (M.) NOW THAT I AM A MAN, uneasy thoughts about exploitative Pentecostalism
236 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R150
Monelo Nxozi was fourteen years old when he committed to a Pentecostal church. In this book he writes about his personal experience of the flawed leadership and financial greed that characterise some Pentecostal churches in South Africa.

Monela Nxozi holds an MBA from Wits Business School and works as a Senior Manager in Information Security and IT Risk Management. He lives in Johannesburg and still holds to the core tenets of Pentecostalism.
Olsen (W.) & van Beek (W.) eds. EVIL IN AFRICA, encounters with the everyday
392pp., paperback, Bloomington, 2015. R895
A collection of essays that explore how Africans have confronted evil.

"Particularly valuable for the manner in which religious or mystical notions of evil are linked to more secular ones, notably violence and warfare, fetishes, gender constructs, psychoanalytic processes, personhood, theft, transnational connections, and apartheid." Isak Niehaus, co-author of "Witchcraft, Power and Politics: exploring the occult in the South African lowveld"

Contributions include:
"Transatlantic Pentecostal Demons in Maputo" by Linda van de Kemp
"The Meaning of 'Apartheid' and the Epistemology of Evil" by Adam Ashforth.

William Olsen lectures in the African Studies Program at Georgetown University.
Walter van Beek is Professor of Anthropology of Religion at Tilburg University.
Phiri (I.A.) & Werner (D.) eds. HANDBOOK OF THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN AFRICA,
1110 pp., hardback, First S.A.Edition, Dorpspruit, 2013. R550
First published in the U.K.

A survey of theological education on the African continent.

Forewords by John Mbiti, Andre Karamaga, Russel Botman, Olav Fyske Tveit, Mercy Oduyoye and Denise Ackerman.

Contributions include:
"The Future Is Not What It Used To Be: changes and choices facing theological education in Africa" by Bill Houston
"Theological Education in Angola and Mozambique" by Luciano Chianeque
"Theological Education in Southern Africa" by James Amanze
"Theological Education in South Africa" by Christina Landmann
"Theological Education and Ministerial Formation in Madagascar" by Laurent Ramambason
"Theological Education in South Africa from a Reformed Perspective" by Nico Koopman
"The Development and Role of Pentecostal Theology in Botswana" by Fidelis Nkomazana
"Theological Education in African Pentecostal Churches - perspectives from Zimbabwe" by Kudzai Biri
"Biblical Studies in South(ern) Africa: an overview" by Madipoane Masenya
"Doing Theological Education from the Context of Migration in Southern Africa: a theology of reconstruction in missiological perspective" by Chammah Kaunda
"Methods for Interrogating HIV and AIDS in Biblical Studies" by Musa Dube
"Religion and Masculinities in Africa: an opportunity for Africanization" by Ezra Chitando
"Sustainability in African Theological Education" by Ernst Conradie
"The School of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics: doing contextual theology in Africa in the University of KwaZulu-Natal" by Gerald West
"Seth Mikitimi-a new way of doing seminary?" by Peter Storey
"Theological Education By Extension-a case study on TEE College Johannesburg" by Michael Taylor and Craig Dunsmuir.
Plaatjies-Van Huffel (M-A.) & Vosloo (R.) eds. REFORMED CHURCHES IN SOUTH AFRICA AND THE STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE, remembering 1960-1990
425pp, paperback, Stellenbosch, 2013. R600
A selection of papers that explore the history of Reformed faith in apartheid South Africa, first presented at the conference held in May 2012 in Stellenbosch.

Contributions include:
"The Context of Reformed Identity in South Africa During the Church Struggle Against Apartheid" by John de Gruchy
"The Voice of Protest Within the Dutch Reformed Mission Church: 1976-1986" by Nico Botha
"The Witness of the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa 1960-1990" by Douglas Bax
"Remembering Feminist Theology in South Africa 1960-1990" by Christina Landman
"'The time for pious words is over': Beyers Naudé, decision, conscience and courage in the struggle for justice" by Allan Boesak
"The Ambiguity of Johan Heyns: sitting at Bavinck's left or right hand?" by Ernst Conradie
"Troublemaker in Israel: Nico Smith and the struggle for justice in apartheid South Africa" by Willem Saayman
"Reading the 'Belhar Confession' as a historical text" by Mary-Ann Plaatjies-Van Huffel
"Reformed Churches' Struggle for Justice: lessons learnt from their submissions before the TRC" by Christo Thesnaar.

Mary-Ann Plaatjies-Van Huffel is a senior lecturer in Ecclesiology at Stellenbosch University. In 2012 she became the Moderator of the General Synod of the Uniting Reformed 2013 she was elected one of the eight presidents of the World Council of Churches.
Reid (G.) ABOVE THE SKYLINE, Reverend Tsietsi Thandekiso and the founding of an African gay church
212 pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2010. R195
An ethnographic study of The Hope and Unity Metropolitan Community Church, which adopts the rhetoric, style and rituals of Pentecostal worship, founded in 1994 by Reverend Tsietsi Thandekiso, for lesbian and gay Africans in search of a spiritual home.

Graeme Reid is a lecturer in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies and Anthropology at Yale University. He is co-author of "Waiting to Happen: HIV/AIDS in southern Africa" and co-editor of "Refiguring the Archive", "Sex and Politics in South Africa" and "Men Behaving Differently".
Richardson (N.) ed. BROKEN BODIES AND HEALING COMMUNITIES, the challenge of HIV and AIDS in the South African context
208 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2009. R110
This book grew out of a research project conducted by the School of Religion and Theology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo. The research focused on "the social impact of HIV and AIDS, the means of coping with that impact developed by communities, and the part played by the churches in response to the impact", and centered on the township of Mpophomeni in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The project culminated in an international conference held in Natal in 2005. The chapters of this book are based on the material presented at this conference.

Contributions include "Shielding Girls at Risk of AIDS by Weaving Zulu and Christian Ritual Heritage" by Jone Salomonsen,
"Male and Female Bodies in the Teaching of Isaiah Shembe: possible implications for HIV and AIDS" by Gerald West,
"What Goes In and What Comes Out: reading Mark 7 and Zulu Culture in the context of communal healing" by Jonathan Draper, and
"The Ministry of Presence in Response to Shame and Judgement: learning to be caregivers to people living with HIV and AIDS" by Edwina Ward.
Schoeman (K.) THE EARLY MISSION IN SOUTH AFRICA 1799-1819/ DIE VROEË SENDING IN SUID-AFRIKA 1799-1819,
272 pp., map, hardback, d.w., Pretoria, 2005. R250
Seventeen essays by Karel Schoeman which describe the life and work of various missionaries, mission assistants, artisans, catechists, lay helpers and "native agents" involved in the establishment of full-scale mission work in South Africa.

Text in English and Afrikaans.
Shaikh (S.) SUFI NARRATIVES OF INTIMACY, Ibn 'Arabi, gender and sexuality
285 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R265
Also published in the USA.

Drawing especially on the works of Ibn al-'Arabi Sa'diyya Shaikh examines "ways in which Sufi metaphysics and theology might allow for fundamental shifts in Islamic gender ethics and legal formations" (from the back cover). She addresses questions around women's rights in marriage and divorce, the politics of veiling, and women's leadership of ritual prayer.

"A revolutionary work of scholarship. 'Sufi Narratives of Intimacy' should become the indispensable starting point for all theologically oriented studies of gender in Islam. This is a work that cannot be ignored - it should become a classic of Sufi studies." Vincent Cornell, Emory University

Sa'diyya Shaikh is senior lecturer in religious studies at the University of Cape Town.
Silberhaft (M.) & Belling (S.) THE TRAVELLING RABBI, my African tribe
360 pp., colour illus., paperback, Second Edition, Johannesburg, (2012) 2013. R225
Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft is the spiritual leader of the Country Communities Department of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies and the African Jewish Congress. His ministry encompasses the entire African continent south of the Sahara as well as the islands of Madagascar and Mauritius. This is the story of his journeys, as told to Suzanne Belling.

Foreword by Commonwealth Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.
Sparks (A.) & Tutu (M.A.) TUTU, the authorised portrait
118 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Auckland & Johannesburg, 2011. R350
Foreword by Bono.
Introduction by his Holiness the Dalai Lama.

A biography of Desmond Tutu by South African journalist Allister Sparks, authorised by Desmond Tutu, and including over forty interviews with close family, friends, colleagues, comrades and critics, conducted by Tutu's daughter Reverend Mpho Tutu.
Swart (I.), Gouws (A.), Pettersson (P.), Erasmus (J.) & Bosman (F.) eds. WELFARE, RELIGION AND GENDER IN POST-APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA, constructing a South-North dialogue
412 pp., paperback, Stellenbosch, 2012. R315
This book is the product of a collaboration between the Unit for Religion and Development Research (URDR) of Stellenbosch University, the Research Institute for Theology and Religion at the University of South Africa and the research programme "The Impact of Religion - Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy" at Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre (CRS), Uppsala University.

"The reflections offered in this book on how the churches, and voluntary sector in general, contribute to welfare and development are very informative, and at the very cutting edge of work in the sociology of religion. The book contains original empirical material which helps to ground its discussions, and provide a comparative study with similar studies carried out in Europe. Altogether it skilfully blends theory, theology, sociology, empirical work, historical perspectives, and social policy and development approaches." Linda Woodhead, Professor of Sociology of Religion, Lancaster Univeristy, UK

Contributions include:
"A Gender Perspective on Social Welfare in Post-apartheid South Africa" by Amanda Gouws
"Ecofeminist Theology, 'Oikos', Welfare and Development in Post-apartheid South Africa" by Annalet van Schalkwyk
"Double Legacy - perceptions of churches as welfare agents in the new South Africa" by Johannes Erasmus
"Theology and the Social Welfare Practice of the Church - exploring the relationship in the Paarl context" by Nadine Bowers du Toit
"Are the Rising Expectations Realistic? Local churches and social welfare in South Africa and Paarl" by Ignatius Swart
"A European Perspective on the Churches' Role as Social Agents in South Africa" by Per Petterson and Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon
"Welfare and Religion in Post-apartheid South Africa - a Swedish comparison from a theological perspective" by Thomas Ekstrand
Trüper (U.) THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, Zara Schmelen, African mission assistant at the Cape and in Namaland
118 pp., 4to., map, illus., paperback, Basel, 2006. OUT OF PRINT
In 1814 Johann Hinrich Schmelen, a German missionary sent to South Africa by the London Missionary Society, married a young Nama woman named Zara. Zara helped him with translations and in transcribing her language, Khoekhoekowab, into a written form. While today he is recognized as a pioneer in this field, her contribution has remained unacknowledged until now.

Ursula Trüper is an educator, theologian, literary scholar and historian living and working in Berlin as a freelance journalist and author.

This book is the fourth in the series, "Lives, Legacies, Legends", published by Basler Afrika Bibliographien. Other titles in the series are "Südwestafrika Jahreberichte 1962-1979 Namibia" and "Südwester Geschichten am Lagerfeuer erzählt" by Ernst Rudolf Scherz @ R285 and R215 respectively and "Kaxumba kaNdola, man and myth, the biography of a barefoot soldier" by Ellen Ndeshi Namhila @ R215
Tutu (D.) GOD IS NOT A CHRISTIAN, speaking truth in times of crisis
237 pp., paperback, Reprint, (London), (2011) 2013. R155
A collection of texts from Desmond Tutu's letters, speeches, interviews, sermons, and other writings, selected and edited by John Allen. Includes Desmond Tutu's thoughts on interfaith tolerance, "ubuntu", reconciliation and forgiveness, restorative justice, diversity, sexuality, politics and democracy, the culture of violence, and the price of freedom.

John Allen was Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Press Secretary and then his aide in Atlanta for two years. He is the author of a biography on Desmond Tutu, "Rabble-Rouse for Peace". Currently he is Managing Editor of the African news website, allAfrica.com
Tutu (D.) & (M.) THE BOOK OF FORGIVING, the fourfold path for healing ourselves and our world
229 pp., paperback, London, 2014. R255
Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho, an episcopal priest, outline four important aspects of the journey to forgiveness.

Novel Laureate Desmond Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Mpho Tutu is executive director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
Tutu (D.) & Tutu (M.) MADE FOR GOODNESS, and why this makes all the difference
206 pp., hardback, d.w., London, 2010. R265
Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho explain how we can all find our way back to our essential goodness and, by living this truth, make a difference in the world.

"Even with the incredible trauma and cruelty Archbishop Tutu endured in South Africa during apartheid and the many atrocities he has witnessed in his life, he still radiates love and happiness. This wonderful new book is a great gift to the world and will help all of us celebrate our goodness and oneness." Sir Richard Branson

"As the author so clearly and beautifully says in this book, 'anyone can choose to cultivate compassion.' Thank you Archbishop Tutu for helping us all come back home to our true nature, which is inherently good and whole, and touch the peace that is always there for us." Thich Nhat Hanh
Urban-Mead (W.) THE GENDER OF PIETY, family, faith, and colonial rule in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe
324pp., map, illus., paperback , Athens, 2015. R595
A history of Zimbabwe's Brethren in Christ Church, related through six life histories.

"Urban-Mead uses African church-goers' biographies from the early and mid-twentieth century to illuminate, from the inside, the environment of Zimbabean nationalism in Matabeleland, its birthplace. A wonderful recovery of the lives of a forgotten and betrayed cohort of people." Paul Landau, author of "Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400 to 1948"

"Through close examination, Wendy Urban-Mead illuminates the gendered connections of individual women and men to the Brethren in Christ Church in Zimbabwe. The detailed biographies reveal a pattern: proper female behaviour intersected with church teachings, while men encountered difficulties in combining Ndebele masculine expectations with church ideology. 'The Gender of Piety' is a major contribution to studies of family, church, and gender history in Africa" Kathleen Sheldon, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Wendy Urban-Mead is Associate Professor of History in the Master of Arts in Reaching Program ar Bard College in New York.
van Wyk (I.) A CHURCH OF STRANGERS, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in South Africa
280pp., illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2015. R320
First published in the UK in 2014.

A study of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), a church of Brazilian origin that has been very successful in establishing branches and attracting followers in South Africa since the early 1990s.

"....a well-written, rich and provocative contribution to the study of Christianity and urban life in contemporary Africa. Van Wyk's central argument - that the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) in Durban offers its members a 'technology' rather than a social organisation - is highly original and likely to cause considerable debate inside and outside of academia." Harri Englund, University of Cambridge

"In what is by far the most profound and wide-ranging study of one of the world's most challenging and disconcerting religious phenomena, Ilana van Wyk has produced a truly engrossing work of ethnography...Some of the case material is deeply distressing, but the analytical fruits will be with us for a long time to come." David Lehmann, Univesity of Cambridge

Ilana van Wyk is an anthropologist and a researcher working at the Institute for Humanities in Africa at the University of Cape Town.
Versfeld (M.) OUR SELVES,
272 pp., paperback, Reprint, Pretoria, (1979) 2010. R160
Introduction by Professor Ernst Wolff.

Martin Versveld was professor of philosophy at the University of Cape Town and wrote widely on philosophy and theology. In this volume, originally published in 1979, he discusses the "increased fragmentation experienced by those who imbibed with their mother's milk Descarte's famous dictum, 'I think therefore I am', and he finds wholeness in the teachings of St Augustine, St Thomas Aquinas and the Buddha." from the back cover
Villa-Vicencio (C.) & Grassow (P.) CHRISTIANITY AND THE COLONISATION OF SOUTH AFRICA, a documentary history, 1487-1883, volume 1
360 pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2009. R347
This volume, together with the companion volume, "Christianity and the Modernisation of South Africa", was written as part of the Social History Project of the Research Institute on Christianity in South Africa at the University of Cape Town. These volumes are not a history of the church or churches in South Africa, but are "studies of the role of Christianity in the social formation of the country". from the introduction

This volume traces initial religious encounters between the settlers and the indigenous inhabitants, addresses the early period of missions on the colony's many frontiers and discusses the role missionaries played in the conflict that developed between settlers and indigenous peoples as the colony expanded.
Williams (D.) ULUNTU, a relational theology of humanity
174 pp., paperback, Dorpspruit, 2013. R130
The Xhosa word "uluntu" means "humanity". David Williams discusses what it means to be fully human.

David Williams has taught systematic theology at Fort Hare University for over thirty years.