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Author Cabrita, Joel, 1980- author
Title The people's Zion : southern Africa, the United States, and a transatlantic faith-healing movement / Joel Cabrita
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2018
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 人文社會聯圖  BR1446 .C33 2018    AVAILABLE    30610020574323
Descript 356 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
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Note "Until now, the remarkable transatlantic story of Southern Africa's largest popular religious phenomenon has never been told. The People's Zion is the history of the Zionist movement: a vast federation of thousands of African churches which identifies itself with the original faith-healing 'Zionist' church founded in the American Midwest (unrelated to Jewish Zionism). The story starts when Zionists in Chicago - largely socially-marginalized northern European immigrants and African-Americans - founded a utopian community in 1900 called 'Zion City'. Rejecting the idea that medical professionals were uniquely equipped to deal with ill-health, residents embraced faith healing instead of bio-medicine. Zion City also became well-known as one of the first multi-racial religious communities in the USA. Circulated to South Africa via missionaries and the church's literature, the Zionist movement thrived amongst white and black workers drawn to the city of Johannesburg by the discovery of gold. In Johannesburg as in Chicago, these early devotees of faith healing hoped for a color-blind society"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-345) and index
Temperance, divine healing and urban reform in nineteenth-century Australia -- Christian cosmopolitanism and Zion City in the American midwest -- Unity and division in early twentieth-century Johannesburg and in transatlantic Zion -- Zion's egalitarian promises in the Transvaal and Orange River colony, South Africa -- Sectarian creativity and populist prophets in interwar Johannesburg -- Cosmopolitanism, ethnicity and migrant labour networks in southern African Zion -- Youthful reformers and the politics of bible schools in the kingdom of Swaziland
Subject Zionist churches (Africa) -- Africa, Southern
Zionist churches (Africa) -- South Africa -- Johannesburg
Zionist churches (Africa) -- Illinois -- Zion -- History -- 20th century
Spiritual healing -- Africa, Southern
Spiritual healing -- Illinois -- Zion
Africa, Southern -- Race relations
Africa, Southern -- Church history -- 20th century
Zion (Ill.) -- Church history -- 20th century
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