“The wounded Beast?” : Single Women, Tradition, and the Bible in Zimbabwe

Faculty/Professorship: New Testament Studies  
Author(s): Biri, Kudzai
Editors: Kügler, Joachim  
Publisher Information: Bamberg : University of Bamberg Press
Year of publication: 2021
Pages: 196 ; Illustrationen
ISBN: 978-3-86309-770-7
Series ; Volume: Bible in Africa Studies ; 28 
Exploring Religion in Africa ; 6 
Source/Other editions: Parallel erschienen als Druckausgabe in der University of Bamberg Press, 2021 (19,00 EUR)
Language(s): English
with a foreword by Joachim Kügler
Link to order the print version: http://www.uni-bamberg.de/ubp/
DOI: 10.20378/irb-48992
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-489929
BiAS 28/ ERA 6 captures the experiences of single women in Zimbabwe. It brings out the indigenous cultural socialisations that negatively impact on them. The vibrancy of Pentecostalism did not save them from stigma and negative perceptions but rather fuels their challenges and misery. The over-glorification of marriage over and above singlehood and in extreme cases denunciation of singlehood, has implications for single women, especially for those who have divorced. The attitudes and perceptions towards single women in the families, society and Church are largely adversarial and do not attach dignity and value, in a nation where marriage and motherhood remain important and cherished statuses. Therefore, the author adopts a multi-dimensional approach in analysing and critiquing the pitfalls of Shona indigenous cultures, limitations of Pentecostal gender ideology and proffers avenues that can create safe spaces for single women.
GND Keywords: Simbabwe ; Alleinstehende Frau ; Alleinerziehende Mutter ; Gesellschaft ; Religion ; Pfingstbewegung
Keywords: Bible in Africa, Simbabwe, African Christianity, Gender Studies, Pentecostalism, Singlehood, Shona Culture
DDC Classification: 220 The Bible  
RVK Classification: MS 3200     BW 60500     BO 7015   
Type: Book
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/48992
Release Date: 25. March 2021

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