Nigerian Pentecostalism

Nigerian Pentecostalism

Nimi Wariboko


University of Rochester Press



Presents a multidisciplinary study of how Nigerian pentecostals conceive of and engage with a spirit-filled world, arguing that the character of the movement is defined through an underlying "spell of the invisible."
This book presents a multidisciplinary study of how Nigerian Pentecostals conceive of and engage with a spirit-filled world. It seeks to discern the spirituality of the charismatic religious movement in Nigeria in relation to issues of politics, national sovereignty, economic development, culture, racial identity, gender, social ethics, and epistemology. Nimi Wariboko describes the faith's core beliefs and practices, revealing a "spell of the invisible" that defines not only the character of the movement but also believers' ways of seeing, being, and doing. Written by an insider to the tradition, Nigerian Pentecostalism will also engage outsiders with an interest in critical social theory, political theory, and philosophy.

Nimi Wariboko is the Katherine B. Stuart Professor of Christian Ethics at Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Massachusetts.

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December 2014
378 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
ISBN: 9781580464901
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC HIS001050, REL040030, POL053000
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Table of Contents

Sources of Nigerian Pentecostalism
The Spell of the Invisible
Excremental Visions in Postcolonial Pentecostalism
Desire and Disgust: Ways of Being for God
The Pentecostal Self: From Body to Body Politic
Politics: Between Ontology and Spriritual Warfare
Miracles, Sovereignity, and Community
Altersovereignty and the Virtue of Pentecostal Friendship
Spirituality and the Weight of Blackness
"This Neighbor Cannot Be Loved!": Invisibility and Nudity of the "Pentecostal Other"
Pentecostalism and Nigerian Society


[A] vibrant study certainly gives scholars a new field for investigation and this book will blaze a trail for years to come. AFRICA

[A] captivating read to anybody from theologians (whether Penetcostal, Nigerian, both, or neither) to anthropologists and political scientists engaged in research about Nigerian Pentecostalism. PENTECOSTUDIES

This excellent and theoretically innovative volume extends and critically complicates the fast expanding literature on the Pentecostal revival in Africa. . . . Wariboko has written an absorbing and philosophically rigorous book, one that is destined to become a major point of reference in Pentecostal studies for years to come. JOURNAL OF MODERN AFRICAN STUDIES

I found [Wariboko's] book a highly stimulating treatise of Pentecostalism that I would recommend to anyone working in the field. ANTHROCYBIB

Achieving its ambitious goal, 'to refocus thinking on the intellectual aspect of the Pentecostal experience' (256), this work displays the fruits of Wariboko's reflexive, philosophical study. STUDIES IN WORLD CHRISTIANITY

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