Major(s)

International Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies

Minor(s)

Spanish

Mentor Name

Ralph Keen

Mentor Department

Religious Studies

Presentation Date

March 2010

Abstract

The Nazareth Baptist Church in South Africa is a unique mixture of traditional Zulu religion and Christianity that has been combined to create a new religious movement. The church, which has a following of around 5 million people, has often been labeled as a Zulu nationalist movement. My research project examines this claim in the post-Apartheid era to see whether Zulu nationalism still runs strong in the church and to what extent it does. I also look at the question of identity, and whether followers primarily identify themselves by their racial, ethnic, or religious qualities.

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A Mixture of Identities: A Look at Zulu Nationalism in the Nazareth Baptist Church

The Nazareth Baptist Church in South Africa is a unique mixture of traditional Zulu religion and Christianity that has been combined to create a new religious movement. The church, which has a following of around 5 million people, has often been labeled as a Zulu nationalist movement. My research project examines this claim in the post-Apartheid era to see whether Zulu nationalism still runs strong in the church and to what extent it does. I also look at the question of identity, and whether followers primarily identify themselves by their racial, ethnic, or religious qualities.