Religion, religious discourses
and contemporary religious groups
An indispensable question that must be asked especially by people of religion is whether religion and its foundational texts influence or even determine the discourses and practices of contemporary religious groups, whatever the discourse from violence to eschatology to medical issues. The answer cannot be a simple yes or no.
Dr Mathee probes this difficult and complex question as he attempts to show that
an answer is inextricably linked to our current day geo-political reality wherein power is central. More specifically, he will look at the Islamic State also known as ISIS – although what he says about the IS applies broadly to all religious groups with power aspirations. His aim is to demystify our understanding of religious practice at large.
Wednesday, 5 October 2016, 19:00
St Augustine Auditorium
53 Ley Road, Victory Park, JHB
*** Free of charge, although a cash donation to St Augustine would be appreciated
Dr Mathee joined the Department of Religion Studies at the University of Johannesburg in February, 2011. He obtained his PhD in Historical Studies from the University of Cape Town with a thesis on the social history of Timbuktu’s everyday people (History from Below). He continues his research on the Timbuktu manuscripts focusing on fatwas as a historical source and on Timbuktu’s historiographical tradition. He is also interested in Old and New Testament readings, the genesis and evolution of Muslim theological sects and discourses and decoloniality