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Towards a critique of indigenous African religion

Johan Strijdom
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a950 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.950 | © 2011 Johan Strijdom | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 August 2010 | Published: 11 April 2011

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Johan Strijdom, Department of Religious Studies and Arabic, University of South Africa, South Africa


In this article, it is argued that a postcolonial critique of the colonial study of religion should not preclude a critique of indigenous African religion itself. The latter may be developed from a human rights perspective and a critique of exclusionary views of indigeneity. The argument is illustrated by means of specific case studies.


African religion; clitoridectomy; human rights; indigenism; postcolonialism; witchcraft


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