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Foreword: Marshall W. Murphree Foreword: Nobuhle Hlongwa Acknowledgements Contributors Introduction: Who is an African? Roderick R. Hewitt Chammah J. Kaunda PART I: RACISM, XENOPHOBIA AND CULTURAL IDENTITY The Changing Salience of Race: Discrimination and Diversity in South Africa Jeremy Seekings, University of Cape Town Cracking the Skull of Racism in South Africa Post-1994 Vuyani S. Vellem, University of Pretoria Black Solidarity Impaled: The Cause of Afrophobia Bernard Matolino, University of KwaZulu-Natal Race, Place and Indian Identities in Contemporary South Africa Goolam Vahed, University of KwaZulu-Natal Ashwin Desai, University of Johannesburg Liberating Identifications: Being Black Conscious, Being Non-Racial, Being African Nico Botha, University of South Africa Umuntu Akalahlwa: An Exploration of an African Ethics Sibusiso Masondo, University of KwaZulu-Natal PART II: GENDER, SEXUALITY AND SOCIAL COHESION "I am Born of a People Who Would Not Tolerate Oppression": The Role of Indian Women's Movements in Social Transformation Rowanne S. Marie, Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary Identity Construction of African Women in the Midst of Land Dispossession Maserole Kgari-Masondo, University of KwaZulu-Natal Re-enacting "Destiny": Masculinity and Afrikaner Identity in "Religious" Post-Apartheid South Africa Kennedy Owino, Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary/University of KwaZulu-Natal "Some LGBTIQs Are More Unequal than Others": Determinants of LGBTIQ Marginality in South Africa Scott Everett Couper, University of KwaZulu-Natal/Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary Rituals of Female Solidarity: The Role of Imbusa in Promoting Social Cohesion among Married Women in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa Mutale M. Kaunda, University of KwaZulu-Natal Chammah J. Kaunda, University of South Africa PART III: RELIGION, PROTEST, AND AFRICANNESS "Sing unto the LORD a New Song" (Psalm 98:1): Aspects of the Afrikaans Punk-Rock Group Fokofpolisiekar's Musical Spirituality as Rearticulated Aspects of the 1978 Afrikaans Psalm- en Gesangeboek Christo Lombaard, University of South Africa Rastafari Perspectives on African Identities: Lucky Dube's "Different Colours / One People" in Conversation with Peter Tosh's "I Am an African" Roderick R. Hewitt, University of KwaZulu-Natal On Locating Islam and African Muslim Identity within Black/Africana Existential Thought: A Preview Tahir Fuzile Sitoto, University of KwaZulu-Natal Urban Immigrant Pentecostal Missiology: The Case of an Immigrant Zambian Pentecostal Pastor in South Africa Chammah J. Kaunda, University of South Africa Why Read the West? Messianicity and Canonicity within a Postcolonial, South African Context Justin Sands, North-West University Potchefstroom

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Roderick R. Hewitt is academic leader for research and higher degrees in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Chammah J. Kaunda is Africa Research Fellow, Senior Research Specialist in Human Development Science of the Human Sciences Research Council (HDS-HSRC), and honorary lecturer in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


The issue of race has been a driver of such seismic political events as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US President. South Africa provides a microcosm where the question of race can be interrogated in a uniquely concentrated way. We therefore all stand to benefit from the penetrating analysis offered by Hewitt and Kaunda in this ground-breaking volume. -- Kenneth R. Ross, University of Malawi
South Africa is a daunting place where the consequences of colonialism/coloniality pulse intensely. To listen to these authors, learn from them and think with them is a must! The result? A necessary decolonization of our minds and a desire for justice! With this book I was reminded of Albert Memmi: "revolt is the only way out of the colonial situation." -- Claudio Carvalhaes, Associate Professor of Worship, Union Theological Seminary - New York City
This project makes an immense contribution to our resolute quest to be African universities in a context of accelerated transformation to comprehensive justice and responsible freedom for all on our continent and globally. -- Nico Koopman, Stellenbosch University
This book candidly unpacks and interrogates important contemporary issues such as race, xenophobia, gender, sexuality, social cohesion, poverty, inequality, human rights and more in post-apartheid South Africa. These issues are also enunciated in key South Africa's institutional legal and policy frameworks such as the Bill of Rights, Human Rights Commission, Gender Commission, White Paper 3 on Transformation of Higher Education and National Development Plan 2030. Though the book is contextualised in the pre and post 1994 dispensation in South Africa it is relevant to many countries that have gone through colonial oppression especially in the global south. The strength of the book lies in its empirical foundation, contribution from a diverse range of scholars with leadership expertise in different academic, research and administrative fields such as religion, theology, sociology, political science, gender and sexuality, historical humanities, and philosophy making it a truly cross disciplinary scholarly work. The book also addresses indirectly the elusive concept of African scholarship, curriculum decolonisation and transformation in South African Universities. The book in this regard contributes immensely towards current trends and debates in South Africa's higher education and the healing of a previously and racially polarised society. The book will potentially find appeal in a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Therefore, I add my voice to endorsing the book Who Is an African and invite scholars, professional practitioners and students from within and outside South Africa and across disciplines to engage with the issues and debates presented herein. -- Stephen M. Mutula, University of KwaZulu-Natal

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