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Tanzanian Adventists And Public Matters

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This chapter discusses major instances and developments in the relationship of Tanzanian Seventh-day Adventists with the government in the colonial context and after independence. It investigates conflicts with society regarding Sabbath-keeping, which was the major point of friction with the public sphere. While Isaria Kimambo and Ruth Dorsey focus on the political, economic, and gender sides of Mbiru in their interpretations, the chapter highlights the religious aspect and the impact of Adventists. One could argue that this was mere chance and that Mbiru could have originated anywhere else, but the fact that both the chief who arrested the men and the leader of the non-violent demonstration were Adventists from this area must be taken into account. This chapter has revealed different outcomes of the two basic Adventist tendencies in their relation with governments: tension and cooperation.

Keywords: Adventist tendencies; colonial context; Mbiru; Sabbath-keeping; Tanzanian government; Tanzanian Seventh-day Adventists



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