By Frans Wijsen

On 7 August 1998 the yankee embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam have been bombed and two hundred humans misplaced their lives. those bombings shattered just like Africa's culture of peaceable non secular coexistence. seeing that then inter-religious discussion has been excessive at the agendas of ecclesial and spiritual businesses, yet now not loads of colleges of theology and departments of faith in East Africa. This publication investigates why this is often so. How are interreligious kinfolk handled in Africa, and extra quite, how are they and the way should still they learn in associations of upper studying? This e-book is predicated on fieldwork in Nairobi from 2001 onwards. It exhibits why Africa's culture of peaceable co-existence won't support Africa within the twenty first century, and recommends a shift within the schooling in inter-religious kin: from religions reviews to inter-religious reports.

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Communitarianism may have functioned well in closed societies, but in present-day open societies those systems are dysfunctional. Many African refugees in Europe say that they are fleeing from family ties, group pressure and social control. Jealousy is another factor: those in the community who prosper are bewitched; witchcraft is even seen as the major reason 36 Chapter One for Africa’s backwardness (Signer 2004). The subsistence economy is also to blame, being based on a view that is more interested in maintaining the status quo than on progress.

It was held during the Israeli-Arab war in the wake of the Zionist attempt to burn down the Al Aqsa Mosque (21 August 1969). Six months later the first conference was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. After the 1973 oil crisis many African countries joined the Organisation of Islamic Conference. At present almost half of its 53 members are African. Afro-pessimism: the lost continent Many scholars hold that Africa is a lost continent. Africa is no longer what it used to be and there seems to be little hope of recovery.

According to South African president Thabo Mbeki the African renaissance offers hope for all African people. Last but not least there is the African contribution to intercultural management and Afro-Business, headed by South African Lovemore Mbigi (1997). The new spirit of optimism is manifest in the New Partnership for African Development (Nepad). This was the message of a paper read by Moody Awori (2005: 9), vice president of the Republic of Kenya and minister of home affairs, at a congress organised on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Institute of Social Ministry at Tangaza College, Nairobi: “The rebirth of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) is a renewed hope for Africa.

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