Browsing Category Religious Studies

Adéèkò (A.) ed. PHILIP QUAQUE'S LETTERS TO LONDON, 1765-1811
165pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R415
A collection of Reverend Philip Quaque's letters to the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. Philip Quaque (1741-1816) was born in Cape Coast, Ghana, and named Kweku. In 1754 he was one of three Fante children taken to London for education by a missionary from the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. In 1759 he was baptised, took the name Philip, went on to study theology, and was ordained as a minister of the Church of England in 1765. The following year he returned to Cape Coast, where he was employed by the Royal African Company as the chaplain at Cape Coast Castle. He set up a small school in his home, and tried to work as a missionary, but having forgotten most of his native tongue he struggled to communicate. He wrote a series of letters to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel during his time at Cape Coast Castle.

"There are many reasons to welcome Adélékè Adéèkò's new edition of the letters of the Reverend Philip Quaque: the letters bring new insights into the contradictions that defined the encounter between Europeans and West Africans in the modern period, and of Quaque's complicated life as he tried to negotiate his role as a subject caught between the aspiration to be modern and the brutality of the slave trade. Adéèkò's careful editing of the letters makes them accessible to modern readers and ensures that the troubled and troubling voice of the African will become central to our understanding of the 'Black Atlantic.' Simon Gikandi, Robert Schirmer Professor of English, Princeton University

"This is a magnificent gift offering not just to the well-established field of West African church history, but to the wider area of identity formation in the era of early colonial capitalism. A text to be celebrated!" Ato Quayson, Professor of English, FRSU University, and Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto

Adélékè Adéèkò is a Humanities Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University.
Bartlett (A.) WEERLOSE WEERSTAND, die gaydebat in die NG Kerk
304pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R200
André Bartlett discusses the process that led to the Dutch Reformed Church's landmark 2015 decision on same-sex unions. At its general synod the church decided that gay preachers need no longer be celibate and that individual church councils could decide if they would allow civil unions between homosexual couples. An appeal was lodged against the decision and, after threats of legal action, the church rescinded the decision at an extraordinary synod in 2016.

André Bartlett is a Dutch Reformed minister and Head of the Centre for Ministry Development (Excelsus) at the University of Pretoria.
Chidester (D.) WILD RELIGION, tracking the sacred in South Africa
259pp., paperback, Berkeley, 2012. R565
Chidester situates South Africa's recent political history, from 2004 to the 2010 World Cup, in the context of religious diversity and demonstrates how the recovery of indigenous religion has provided the spiritual dimension of an African Renaissance.

"This book offers us a wild, exhilarating ride. In rethinking the sacred in South African history, Chidester throws searing light on the dangerous, creative force of religion untamed, religion that flourishes well beyond the confines of formal, domesticated faith. In so doing, he expands our understanding of the place of spirituality in processes of world-making - not merely in Africa, but everywhere." Jean Comaroff, author of Millennial Capitalism and Culture of Neoliberalism

David Chidester is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of Savage Systems: colonialism and comparative religion in southern Africa.
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.
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 held 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.) I HAVE COME A LONG WAY,
299pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R270
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.
Denis (P.) ed. FAITH AND MIGRATION, proceedings of the 2nd Dominican Study Week, Pietermaritzburg, 28-30 November 2016
247pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R150
A collection of 24 papers presented at a conference on faith and migration organised by the Dominican Vice-Province of Southern Africa in 2016. While some speakers were academics, most were students for the ministry, priests, pastors and activists.

Contributions include:
"Immigration Crisis in South Africa: grappling with the colonial legacies" by Stanslaus Muyebe
"The Zionist Churches in Zimbabwe and Blessings for Illegal Immigrants: 'illegal but not sinful'" by Herbert Moyo
"The Concept of Multiculturalism in Liberal States: how far can we extend special rights to minority migrant groups?" by Edward Murambwa
"The Impact of Migration on Somalian Families in South Africa" by Wilbroad Mulenga
"Loving What Is: engaging with unaccompanied minors and young migrants living in Soweto" by Terry Sacco.
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. R285
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. R355
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hackman (M.) DESIRE WORK, ex-gay and Pentecostal masculinity in South Africa
198pp., paperback, Durham, 2018. R430
Melissa Hackman records the experiences of predominantly white Pentecostal men in post-apartheid Cape Town who turned to "ex-gay" ministries in the hope of “curing” their homosexuality in order to conform to "Christian" values and African social norms.

“One of Desire Work's great contributions is Melissa Hackman's ability to put a human face on the men who try but fail to convert to heterosexuality. I very much enjoy her personal touch in relating stories about her experiences and her subjects, and she has done an extraordinary job of eliciting extremely personal insights from her subjects, in some cases letting them hang themselves with their own words, and in others, allowing us to share their pain, confusion, and cruel optimism. I love this book.” Marc Epprecht, author of Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa: Rethinking Homophobia and Forging Resistance

Melissa Hackman is an independent scholar who has taught at Brown University and Emory University.
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.
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.
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.
Leatt (D.) THE STATE OF SECULARISM, religion, tradition and democracy in South Africa
232pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R380
Dhammamegha Leatt examines the roles played by religion and traditional authority in apartheid South Africa and the position of religion in the post-apartheid state. She also analyses the negotiations relating to religion in the constitution-making process, and argues that while South Africa is secular in its Constitution and judicial foundations it is increasingly non-secular in its embrace of traditional authorities and customary law.

"The author deftly guides the reader through various committees, negotiation forums, interest groups, political parties and legal wrangles to uncover the often-surprising developments, alliances and political about-turns in the process of Constitution-making. This is not just politics as the search for power, or the politics of big men … but a thoroughly human affair with its attendant messiness, idealism, complexities and ambiguities." Ilana van Wyk, author of "A Church of Strangers: The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in South Africa"

Dhammamegha Annie Leatt is a research associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER).
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.
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.

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.
Makgoba (T.) FAITH & COURAGE, praying with Mandela
223pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R280
Foreword by Graça Machel.

Thabo Makgoba's autobiography. He grew up in Alexandra township and studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and St Pauls College in Grahamstown. He became Archbishop of Cape Town on 31 December 2007, the youngest person ever to be elected to this position, and ministered to Nelson Mandela in the last few years of his life.

"A riveting account of one young black South African who beat the odds to become head of the Anglican church and courageously holds the government's feet in the fire." Desmond Tutu

"A moving tribute to Madiba whom Archbishop Makgoba celebrates as an exemplar and courage." Thabo Mbeki
Malan (P.) & Jones (C.) comps. DIE BRAAMBOS BLY BRAND, nie-teoloë se perspektiewe op Bybelverse
236pp., paperback, (Cape Town), 2018. R260
A collection of essays by a diverse group of people who were invited to write a piece based on a biblical text. The only condition was that they weren't active church members, ministers or theologians.

Contributors include Annelie Botes, Dana Snyman, Pik Botha, Lizette Rabe, Rachelle Greeff, Piet Croucamp, Joan Hambidge, Koos Kombuis, Lina Spies, and Nathan Trantraal.

Dr Chris Jones was a minister in Ceres for 20 years. He heads the Unit for Moral Leadership in the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University.
Journalist Pieter Malan is editor of the Rapport Appendix Weekly.
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.
32pp., illus., paperback, Dutywa, 2018. R115
An introduction to African spirituality and the sacredness of the home as it is understood in the African context.

Academic and diviner Nokuzola Mndende founded Icamagu Institute in 1998. The Institute, in Dutywa in the Eastern Cape, aims to revive and teach indigenous African spirituality. Dr Mndende, a practitioner of African indigenous religion, lectured in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town.
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
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).
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.
295pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R260
Freelance journalist Jean Oosthuizen critically examines the history of the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa, from the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck to the present.

Jean Oosthuizen was news editor for the Dutch Reformed Church's newspaper "Kerkbode" for 10 years and currently presents the radio programme "Uit 'n Ander Hoek".
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. R640
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.
Plaatjies-Van Huffel (M.-A.) & Modise (L.) eds. BELHAR CONFESSION, the embracing confession of faith for church and society
501pp., paperback, Stellenbosch, 2017. R740
Includes a historical background, a collection of essays on theological and ethical themes relating to the Belhar Confession and 16 church documents issued by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the Dutch Reformed Church, the Reformed Church in Africa and the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa.

The Belhar Confession is a Christian statement of belief written in Afrikaans in 1982. According to the confession, racial and social segregation is "sin" and leads to enmity and hatred.

Mary-Anne Plaatjies-Van Huffel teaches Ecclesiology and Church Polity at Stellenbosch University. Currently she also serves as one of the presidents of the World Council of Churches.
Leepo Modise teaches Systematic Theology at the University of South Africa and is currently a moderator of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa.
Portal (P.) NO NEUTRAL GROUND, finding Jesus in a Cape Town ghetto
271pp., paperback, London, 2019. R305
In 2009 Peter Portal moved from London to Manenberg, a poor community on the Cape Flats originally created for people classified Coloured by the apartheid government and known for high unemployment, rampant drug use and violent gangs. He serves on the Core Leadership Team of Tree of Life, a church community that runs ministries among the vulnerable and marginalised.
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".
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. R350
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.
Smith (N.) IN MAMELODI HET EK MY GOD GEVIND, my lewe in die township en hoe dit my geloof verander her
208pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Revised Edition, Cape Town, 2018. R220
A memoir by Afrikaner theologian, minister and anti-apartheid activist Nico Smith about his years leading a congregation in Mamelodi. First published in 2010 as "Die Dood van die God van my Vaders".

Includes a new epilogue by Maretha Laubscher, Nico and Ellen Smith's oldest daughter, who worked on this revised and expanded edition.

Nicolaas Johannes Smith (1929-2010) was Professor of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch, a member of the Afrikaner Broederbond and a minister in Dutch Reformed Church. However, he began questioning his beliefs, challenged apartheid in his classes, joined protests against forced removals, and eventually resigned his professorship, left the Dutch Reformed Church, which refused to condemn apartheid, and joined the anti-apartheid Dutch Reformed Church in Africa. He also left the Broederbond and in 1982 accepted a summons to minister to a Dutch Reformed Church in Africa congregation in Mamelodi, a township in the east of Pretoria designated for people classified Black under the Group Areas Act..
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.
Storey (P.) I BEG TO DIFFER, ministry amid the teargas
496pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R320
The autobiography of Peter Storey, a former bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Duke University in North Carolina, USA. He was chaplain to Robert Sobukwe, Nelson Mandela and others on Robben Island and spent most of his 40 years of ministry in inner cities, including District Six and central Johannesburg. He led the South African Council of Churches with Desmond Tutu, chaired the National Peace Accord and served as a member of the panel that selected the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He founded Life Line SA and Gun Free SA. Now retired, he lives in Simon's Town.

"Storey is one of the midwives of the freedom we cherish today." Thuli Madonsela, former Public Protector of South Africa

""One of the most compelling, compassionate and courageous accounts yet of a life lived under apartheid. It's a thriller - I read the book in one sitting." Jonathan Jansen, Distinguished Professor Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State
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,
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.
Vahed (G.) AHMED DEEDAT, the man and his mission
288pp., illus., paperback, Durban, 2013. R285
Ahmed Hoosen Deedat (1918 – 2005) was a South African writer and public speaker of Indian descent. A Muslim missionary, he held inter-religious public debates with evangelical Christians, as well as video lectures on Islam, Christianity, and the Bible. He also established an international Islamic missionary organisation, IPCI, and wrote several booklets on Islam and Christianity.

"As provocative as he may have been, 'Shaikh' Ahmed Deedat gave dignity to millions of Muslims worldwide. In their minds, 'Shaikh' Deedat confronted the white man and prompted the most powerful nations to remember that Islam, misunderstood and marginalised by most Christian theologians, still had a voice." Shafiq Morton, "Muslim Views", South Africa

Goolam Vahed is Associate Professor in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His other books include "Blacks in Whites: sporting struggles in KwaZulu-Natal" "Inside Indian Indenture: a South African story, 1860-1914" and "Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa, 1893-1914".
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.
West (G.) THE STOLEN BIBLE, from tool of imperialism to African icon
626pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2016. R395
"'The Stolen Bible' emphasises African agency and distinguishes between African receptions of the Bible and African receptions of missionary-colonial Christianity. Through a series of detailed historical, geographical, and hermeneutical case-studies the book analyses Southern African receptions of the Bible, including the earliest African encounters with the Bible, the translation of the Bible into an African language, the appropriation of the Bible by African Independent Churches, the use of the Bible in the Black liberation struggle, and the ways in which the Bible is embodied in the lives of ordinary Africans." from the back cover

Gerald West is Professor of African Biblical Interpretation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His other books include "The Academy of the Poor: towards a dialogical reading of the Bible" and "Biblical Hermeneutics of Liberation: modes of reading the Bible in the South African context".