Ethiopian Religious Politics and the Rise of Pentecostalism
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Jörg Haustein, SOAS, University of London
Date: 21 May 2014Time: 5:00 PM
Finishes: 21 May 2014Time: 6:30 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Type of Event: Lecture
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 a-political 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.