© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157006608X375039 Journal of Religion in Africa 38 (2008) 357-358 www.brill.nl/jra Editorial Th e current issue is a mixed collection of anthropological and historical essays. Th e essays’ diﬀ ering analytical focus, format and length exemplify the JRA ’s commitment to publish work from the full spectrum of research on religion in Africa. Two of the essays focus on Ethiopia while the third one concerns Ghana (then the Gold Coast). Each essay addresses a particular religious issue: tensions between church and state in the colonial era, the historical develop- ment of an Ethiopian Orthodox festival, and the recent emergence of Islamic reformism. Michelle Gilbert and Paul Jenkins’s illuminating article documents a con- ﬂ ict that arose between King Nana Kwasi Akuﬀ o and Kwasi Fianko, one of his attendants, when the latter decided to relinquish his position as the ‘king’s soul’ and reclaim membership in the Akropong congregation of the Basel Mis- sion Church in what is now southern Ghana. Th e conﬂ ict is reported with striking detail, insight and acuity in two separate documents produced respec- tively by Th eophilus Opoku and Wilhelm Rottmann, both pastors at the Basel Mission.
Journal of Religion in Africa – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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