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A Problem of Presence


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List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Map of Zimbabwe Introduction 1. Up in Smoke: Humility, Humiliation, and the Christian Book 2. The Early Days of Johane Masowe 3. The Question of Leadership: The Friday Message after Johane 4. Mutemo in Three Portraits 5. Listening for the True Bible: Live and Direct Language, Part I 6. Singing and the Metaphysics of Sound: Live and Direct Language, Part II 7. The Substance of Healing Conclusion Notes References Index

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Matthew Engelke is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at London School of Economics and Political Science.


"An insightful inquiry into a fascinating ethnographic case." -- Thomas Kirsch Journal Of The Royal Anthropological Inst "A rich and rewarding book, A Problem of Presence contributes to a number of fields and brings them into new alignments." Journal Of Religion In Africa "An important contribution, not just to scholarship on the African Church, but also to an emerging anthropology of Christianity." -- David Maxwell Books & Culture "Highly useful for readers interested in African studies, religious studies, the anthropology of Christianity, the history of African churches, and social movements in Africa." -- Erica Bornstein H-Safrica "A remarkably insightful book." Gladys Ganiel

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