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Lecture - Ethiopian Religious Politics and the Rise of Pentecos

Jörg Haustein

Wednesday 21st May 2014

5:00pm, Room G3, Main Building, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Part of the SOAS African History Seminar series. The discussion is expected to finish by 6:30pm.

Free event, all welcome.

This paper looks at the political and historical parameters for the significant rise of Pentecostal Christianity in the traditionally Christian-Orthodox Ethiopia. Beginning with the origins of the movement under Haile Selassie's reign and ending in the current political and religious configuration under a Pentecostal Prime Minister, the paper traces Pentecostal interaction with the Ethiopian state and its politics. I will argue that the ostensibly apolitical narrative of "persecution" espoused by much of Pentecostalism proved to be a robust political paradigm for times of oppression, but even guides Ethiopian Pentecostal politics in its present state of religious freedom.

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