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Thomas Joseph Ndaluka
Religious Discourse, Social Cohesion and Conflict
Muslim - Christian Relations in Tanzania
Reihe: Interreligious Studies
Bd. 5, 2012, 288 S., 24.90 EUR, 24.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90211-5

This book analyzes socio-religious transformation in Tanzania. Some scholars claim that religion has returned to the public domain since the collapse of Tanzanian socialism, and that there is a tension between Muslims and Christians. Based on focus group discussions in Dar es Salaam, the author acquires insight into Muslim - Christian relations using Critical Discourse Analysis. He analyses how Muslims and Christians identify and position themselves in relation to each other and the conditions which make them elevate their religious identity over other identities. The book reveals that some periphreal voices threaten social cohesion, but in general Muslims and Christains maintain friendly relations and avoid conflict. It also shows individualization or de-institutionalization as dominant trends in the country. However, educational institutions have remained strong and influence other institutions such as the family.

Thomas J. Ndaluka is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Dar es Salaam. He is a part time Lecturer at the Institute of Finance Management and External Examiner at the Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy. His area of interests include Religion and Development, Public Health, Socio-Economic Issues and Environment.

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