Robert Mugabe · By Sue Onslow and Martin Plaut

Robert Mugabe embodies the contradictions of Zimbabwe’s history and political culture. A symbol of African liberation, he remains respected by many on the continent. His status contrasts sharply, in the eyes of his detractors, with cycles of human rights violations, capital flight, and mass emigration precipitated by the policies of his government.

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The Gender of Piety · Family, Faith, and Colonial Rule in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe · By Wendy Urban-Mead

The Gender of Piety is an intimate history of the Brethren in Christ Church in Zimbabwe, or BICC, as related through six individual life histories that extend from the early colonial years through the first decade after independence. Taken together, these six lives show how men and women of the BICC experienced and sequenced their piety in different ways. Women usually remained tied to the church throughout their lives, while men often had a more strained relationship with it.

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The Hairdresser of Harare · By Tendai Huchu

This delicious and devastating novel, which the New York Times called “a fresh and moving account of contemporary Zimbabwe,” handles bleak themes with humor and grace as it tells the story of the rise and collapse of a friendship.

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African Gifts of the Spirit · Pentecostalism and the Rise of a Zimbabwean Transnational Religious Movement · By David Maxwell

This book considers the rise of born-again Christianity in Africa through a study of one of the most dynamic Pentecostal movements. David Maxwell traces the transformation of the prophet Ezekiel Guti and his prayer band from small beginnings in the townships of the 1950s into the present-day transnational business enterprise, which is now the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God.

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Flickering Shadows · Cinema and Identity in Colonial Zimbabwe · By J. M. Burns

Every European power in Africa made motion pictures for its subjects, but no state invested as heavily in these films, and expected as much from them, as the British colony of Southern Rhodesia. Flickering Shadows is the first book to explore this little-known world of colonial cinema.

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Individual Freedoms and State Security in the African Context · The Case of Zimbabwe · By John Hatchard

In 1980 the ZANU/PF government of Robert Mugabe came to power after an extended war of liberation. They inherited a cluster of emergency laws similar to those available to the authorities in South Africa. It was also the beginning of the cynical South African state policy of destabilization of the frontline states. This led to a dangerous period of insurrection in Mashonaland and increased activity by Renamo. Dr.

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