n Historia - Albert Luthuli: Bound by Faith, Scott Couper : book review

Volume 57, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



At the outset of his biography of Albert Luthuli, Scott Couper makes clear his claim that he wishes to consider the influence of his Christian beliefs on Luthuli's political philosophy which, in turn, impacted upon the way he desired to carry out the struggle against the apartheid state. Not without controversy, offers an alternate reading of a charismatic and influential figure that departs from the dominant nationalist discourse. This point of departure comes in the form of the decision to initiate the armed struggle on the part of the African National Congress (ANC). Couper builds a painstaking case to convince the reader of his argument, tracing the life of Albert Luthuli from his birth in Natal to the suspicious circumstances surrounding his death in 1967.

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