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Title: Religion, education and the state : the origins, development and significance of church affiliated universities in Zimbabwe
Author: Zwana, Solmon
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis explores interactions between government and religious bodies in the evolution of church-related universities in post-independence Zimbabwe. Since the 1980s there has been an increased interest in the direct involvement of religion in university education. It is argued that the new interest by churches in setting up universities is a response to the exigencies of the modern world which regard knowledge as an essential feature in development. A further dimension which this thesis examines is the triangular relationship involving religion, the state, and the university. The three parties have distinct but interrelated agendas and functions. While by definition a university has claim to autonomy and academic freedom, for an institution founded by religion, this creates tension as the institution tries to strike a balance between its identity and its relationship to the church. The question of identity is not confined to churchrelatedness but extends to the role of such institutions in modem Zimbabwe. The study further attempts to locate emerging church affiliated universities in the discourse of endogenisation. The thesis proposes that if the new religious institutions are to have a significant impact, their pragmatic approaches should operate within an African epistemological framework which takes serious account of authentic endogenous knowledge systems.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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