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Teaching religion and human security in Africa

ByEzra Chitando, Joram Tarusarira

This chapter seeks to reflect on how to teach a course on religion and human security in Africa and motivates by the observation made in African theology and religious studies’ engagement with HIV and AIDS. It expounds on the rationale for teaching religion and human security in Africa and examines the potential theoretical perspectives that can inform the teaching of the course. The chapter explores some of the major topics to be covered in religion and human security in Africa. Teaching religion and human security in Africa can contribute towards peace and development by facilitating actions that address the fault lines exploited by religious zealots to cause violence and terror. The chapter draws attention to the urgency of teaching religion and human security in Africa and outlines the motivation for offering such a course, as well as the major theoretical issues that need to be considered when preparing to teach the course.