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Read online Savage Systems: Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Savage Systems: Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa i Savage Systems i examines the emergence of the concepts of religion and religions on colonial frontiers The book offers a detailed analysis of the ways in which European travelers missionaries settlers and government agents as well as indigenous Africans engaged in the comparison of alternative religious ways of life as one dimension of intercultural contact Focusing primarily on ninteenth century frontier relations David Chidester demonstrates that the terms and conditions for comparison including a discrouse about otherness that were established during this period still remains .

A volume in the series Studies in Religion and Culture by David Chidester

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Savage Systems: Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa
Title:Savage Systems: Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa
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Number of Pages:324
Category:Religion, Theory
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