Evil in Africa : Encounters with the Everyday
William C. Olsen, Walter E. A. van Beek, and the contributors to this volume seek to understand how Africans have confronted evil around them. Grouped around notions of evil as a cognitive or experiential problem, evil as malevolent process, and evil as an inversion of justice, these essays investigate what can be accepted and what must be condemned in order to evaluate being and morality in African cultural and social contexts. These studies of evil entanglements take local and national histories and identities into account, including state politics and civil war, religious practices, Islam, gender, and modernity.
- Electronic book text
- 06 May 2015
- Indiana University Press
- United States
About William C Olsen
William C. Olsen lectures in the African Studies Program at Georgetown University.Walter E. A. van Beek is Professor of Anthropology of Religion at Tilburg University.
"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"