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15.06.2017

Call for Chapters: “In the Name of God?” Religious Fundamentalism in Africa.

Call for Chapters in English for Edited Volume

Publisher: Vernon Press

Initiators/Editors:

  1. Prof. Charles Quist-Adade, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC, Canada
  2. Prof. De-Valera Botchway, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana
  3. Dr. Awo Abena Amoa Sarpong, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana

For this edited volume, we are hoping for a coherent ensemble of chapters presenting original research on the phenomenon of religious fundamentalism in Africa. The notions of religion and fundamentalism are a dangerous mix the world over. Africa is no exception. From Nigeria to Sudan, from Mali to the Gambia, Central African Republic, and from Egypt to Swaziland, religious fundamentalist-inspired conflicts have left in their trail death and destruction. The most recent notorious religious conflicts are in Nigeria and Sudan. According to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, “since 1999, a disturbingly large number of Nigerians, 12,000, if not more, have been killed in sectarian and communal attacks and reprisals between Muslims and Christians.”1

The fundamental belief that one religion or a sect in a religion or a society that identifies with a particular religious worldview has absolute knowledge of the absolute truth and therefore all other groups and sects must conform to the ways of that group has been a basic recipe for all sorts of antagonism and conflicts between religious groups and societies globally and in Africa. Whether produced by the pursuit of religious exclusivism or inclusivism or universalism, or fanned by doctrinal differences or political aims and goals, the antagonism has often yielded violence inspired by religious fundamentalism and aggression globally. The ramifications of religious fundamentalism in Africa are many and far reaching.

Thus, this volume aims to deliver fresh perspectives on this religious phenomenon as it has manifested and influenced lives and shaped society in Africa. By combining international and interdisciplinary contributions the book seeks to congregate the composite analyses and documented experiences of religious fundamentalism in Africa recounted by scholars who focus on African society, culture, politics and history. It will investigate the plethora of ways that religious fundamentalism has negotiated, mediated, disturbed, deconstructed, or constructed social, political and economic canons and interactions across different times and spaces on the African continent.

The editors encourage contributors to submit works that are more inclined to the sociological and historical approaches of inquiry and analysis. The editors also seek works that approach the subject of religious fundamentalism in Africa from the interdisciplinary perspective.

It is envisaged that contributions for the chapters will be drawn from studies that look at broad subthemes that concern different aspects of religious fundamentalism in Africa.

Important Dates:

  • Submission of abstracts and drafts: 30th June 2017.
  • Review of abstracts and papers: 30th July 2017
  • Editing and submission of First Draft: 30th August 2017
  • Submission of Final Draft: 30th October 2017
  • Papers go to the publisher: 30th November 2017
  • Publication: December 2017

Please submit a 400 word abstract, and your manuscript which should be between 7000 to 8000 words, and a 300-400 word academic biography including your qualifications, area(s) of interest and relevant recent publications as an email attachment with “Religious Fundamentalism Book” in the subject line to the editors:

Further information: Flyer (pdf)

 

 

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