French political scientist Jean-François Bayart was one of the editors of the book Religion and modernity political and African noire, that came out i 1993. Through a series of studies from several African countries, the book discussed the role of religions in post-colonial Africa. One of the main points was to show how religion and politics were interwoven and how both were used to obtain material privileges.
The main point is continued in Bayart's new book State a religion an Afrique – where he also emphasizes that this has been the situation since long before the colonial era. As in the Old Testament, the following is also stated in this year's Bayart Book: There is nothing new under the sun.
Generous supervisor, nonsensical author
The undersigned has been fascinated by Bayart since 1993, then his The State in Africa was published. During a seminar in Leiden three years later, the fascination turned into something even stronger – I became a fan. Bayart shared praise of his knowledge, commented on student work, and gave those who presented papers,. . .
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