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Department of History

Ethiopian Religious Politics and the Rise of Pentecos

Jörg Haustein, Study of Religions, SOAS

Date: 21 May 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 21 May 2014Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Faber Building, 23/24 Russell SquareRoom: FG01

Type of Event: Seminar

Series: African History Seminar

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.

Organiser: Dr Marie Rodet

Contact email: mr28@soas.ac.uk