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The government of religious life in Idi Amins Uganda

March 24, 2020 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm America / New_York Fayerweather Hall, 1180 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 411 Show map In what way - under the eight-year dictatorship of Idi Amin - was religion made public? Amin came to power in 1971 at a time in the history of technology: the new broadcasting capacities of radio enabled him to rule as a dictator, to set the pace of public life, to force everyone to keep to the same pace. Religion had to be realigned. The space for deviating forms of Christianity and Islam has been radically narrowed; Pentecostals, Baha'is, Adventists and other nonconformists were imprisoned, their property confiscated and their religious life abolished. At the same time, new standards of religious behavior - in particular the term “African traditional religion” - were concretized in science and public culture. It was part of a process by which competition political life was drained and loyalty centered around the president. This lecture is part of the Rethinking Public Religion in Africa and South Asia project at the IRCPL (in collaboration with the Institute for African Studies and the South Asia Institute). The project is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. This event is co-financed by the Institute for History.

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