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“No nation can win a battle without faith,” Steve Biko wrote, and as Daniel R. Magaziner demonstrates in The Law and the Prophets, the combination of ideological and theological exploration proved a potent force.

The 1970s are a decade virtually lost to South African historiography. This span of years bridged the banning and exile of the country’s best-known antiapartheid leaders in the early 1960s and the furious protests that erupted after the Soweto uprisings of June 16, 1976. Scholars thus know that something happened—yet they have only recently begun to explore how and why.

The Law and the Prophets is an intellectual history of the resistance movement between 1968 and 1977; it follows the formation, early trials, and ultimate dissolution of the Black Consciousness movement. It differs from previous antiapartheid historiography, however, in that it focuses more on ideas than on people and organizations. Its singular contribution is an exploration of the theological turn that South African politics took during this time. Magaziner argues that only by understanding how ideas about race, faith, and selfhood developed and were transformed in this period might we begin to understand the dramatic changes that took place.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Art
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: The Seventies
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part I: Making Black Consciousness
  2. pp. 15-16
  1. 1: Sophiatown after the Fall
  2. pp. 17-25
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  1. 2: “Black man, you are on your own!”: Black Students, White Liberals, and Adulthood
  2. pp. 26-39
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  1. 3: The Age of Philosophers: Becoming “Black Consciousness”
  2. pp. 40-54
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  1. Part II: Emergent Gospel
  2. pp. 55-57
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  1. 4: Church, State, and the Death of God: A Prolegomenon to the Black Messiah
  2. pp. 58-78
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  1. 5: Christ in Context: The Changing Face of Christianity
  2. pp. 79-99
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  1. 6: The South African Voice: From Black Theology to the Black Messiah
  2. pp. 100-124
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  1. Part III: The Movement
  2. pp. 125-126
  1. 7: “I write what I like”: Conscientization, Culture, and Politicization
  2. pp. 127-139
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  1. 8: The Age of Politics: Confronting the State
  2. pp. 140-158
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  1. 9: Keeping Faith with the Black Messiah: Suffering, Hope, and the Cost of the Future
  2. pp. 159-184
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  1. Conclusion: Yesterday Is a Foreign Country
  2. pp. 185-190
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 191-248
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 249-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-283
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780821443309
Related ISBN
9780821419182
MARC Record
OCLC
694096985
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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