Research in Religion and Society

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Johannes Andreas Smit

Abstract

Whereas the struggle for liberation was characterised by the prominent
participation of religious formations vis-à-vis the apartheid state, their
significance in the public domain has significantly diminished since 1994.
This raises questions not only about the state’s relationship and articulation
with the religions, but also about the relationship and articulation of the
religions with the state and with one another as part and parcel of the one
state. This article carefully tries to think through some of the challenges and
attempts to provide a way forward. It provides a few insights that derive from
the academic programmes developed and scholarly work done by a few
colleagues of the discipline of Religion, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal,
Howard College campus. Over the last decade, colleagues have developed
programmes that involve all the religions equally, also taking their specific
sensitivities and emphases vis-à-vis theoretical generalisations and stereotyping into consideration. The article provides seven seminal perspectives on how this approach could make a seminal contribution to research in the religions. The ultimate two questions that are addressed, therefore relate to both how the religions in the state relate to the state, but also to one another in the state. On both levels, academic contributions to the development of the discourses from within the religions have seminal roles to play.

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Smit, J. (2013). Research in Religion and Society. Alternation Journal, (11), 10-35. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/soa/article/view/401
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Johannes A. Smit Comparative Religion Studies University of KwaZulu-Natal smitj@ukzn.ac.za

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