Pentecostalism, Globalisation, and Islam in Northern Cameroon: Megachurches in the Making?

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BRILL, 2013 - Religion - 260 pages
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Pentecostalism is among the fastest growing social movements in the 21th century. This volume discusses global aspects of Pentecostal churches in northern Cameroon, by describing how the local congregations interact with civil society, traditional religion, and Islam. Extensive fieldwork and descriptions of the complex historical context within which the churches emerge, makes the author draw attention to Pentecostal leaders as social entrepreneurs inspired both by local traditions and by a global flow of images and ideas. This indicates that Pentecostalism can be interpreted both as a social and as a religious movement which manages to encounter mainline churches and Islam with flexibility and spiritual authority.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Africa and Religion in a Globalised World
13
2 Pentecostalism in a Deeply Religious Continent
37
Local and Global Negotiations
69
Ngaoundérés New Christian Geography
95
5 African Pentecostal Leadership
125
6 The New Christianity and Theology
151
7 Je ne suis plus nimporte quiPentecostalism as a Social Movement
181
8 Pentecostalism Globalisation and Islam Revisited
211
Bibliography
237
Index
247
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Tomas Sundnes Dr nen, Ph.D. (2007), School of Mission and Theology (Stavanger, Norway), is Associate Professor of Global Studies and Religion at that institution. He has authored many publications on intercultural communication and religious change in Africa, including Communication and Conversion in Northern Cameroon (Brill, 2009).

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