n Historia - Studies in Witchcraft, Magic, War and Peace in Africa : Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Beatrice Nicolini (ed) : book review

Volume 52, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X
  • Author Isak Niehaus
  • Source : Historia, Volume 52, Issue 2, Nov 2007, p. 324 - 326
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
    SciELO SA
    The International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)



This edited volume aims to investigate a theme that has received little analytical attention in the emerging body of literature on witchcraft in Africa, namely whether contemplations about witchcraft can contribute towards understanding processes of warfare and peace-building. Nicolini claims that witchcraft and magic has played an important historical role in political and military conflicts. She observes that anti-colonial resistance movements have invoked the supernatural in political mobilisation, rituals of healing have been deployed in post-colonial situations, and that witchcraft and magic have been invoked in numerous power struggles in the continent through time.

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