Last month The Rt. Rev. Dr. Mwita Akiri, the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Tarime in Tanzania gave the Sadleir Lecture in the Reading Room. His lecture entitled, "Religious Tensions in Africa Today: The Case of Tanzania" is ready for download below.
Muslims and Christians in Tanzania have co-existed peacefully for more than half a century. Since 1964 when the United Republic of Tanzania was born, Julius Nyerere, the first President and the Father of the Nation taught Tanzanians to value their identity as Tanzanians first and regard each other as brothers and sisters (ndugu) regardless of religious or ethnic differences. For this reason, religious differences have had very little space in the public life in Tanzania. That is changing now. Tensions are rising between Christians and Muslims. Why is this? Is this just something temporary and internal? If internal, what has happened that is now changing the situation? Or is there an external influence, perhaps a connection with radical religious groups far away? If so, is there a trend emerging in Africa today which African governments may not afford to ignore? Can the State mediate and maintain peace between Christians and Muslims? Can it guarantee the constitutional rights of all citizens? This lecture tries to explore these and other related issues. Read more…
Bp. Akiri is an adjunct faculty member at Wycliffe College. He teaches African Christianity.
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