Matthew Schoffeleers (1928-2011)

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An obituary of Matthew Schoffeleers, a leading Dutch anthropologist of Malawi and of African religion, presenting his life, his work (under the headings of: religious anthropology; historicising anthropology; African religion and the state; religion and development; African religion and Christian theology), and a provisional appraisal.

Matthew Schoffeleers (1928-2011)

in Journal of Religion in Africa



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SchoffeleersJ. Mathijs ‘M’Bona the Guardian-Spirit of the Mang’anja’ 1966 Oxford St.Catherine’s College B.Litt. thesis

SchoffeleersJ. Mathijs 1968 ‘Symbolic and Social Aspects of Spirit Worship Among the Mang’anja’ Ph.D. thesis St. Catherine’s College Oxford; published in Malawi 2008

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SchoffeleersJ. Mathijs Particularisme en Profanatie 1977b Inaugural address Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

SchoffeleersJ. Mathijs Guardians of the Land: Essays on Central African Territorial Cults. 1979 Gwelo Mambo Press for the University of Salisbury (now Harare)

SchoffeleersJ. Mathijs ‘Mythen als historische bronnen: Een Malawische casus’ Antropologische Verkenningen 1984 3 2 99 119

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SchoffeleersJ. Mathijs ‘Myth and/or history: A reply to Christopher Wrigley’ Journal of African History 1988 29 3 385 390

SchoffeleersJ. Mathijs ‘Folk Christology in Africa: The Dialectics of the Nganga Paradigm’ Journal of Religion in Africa 1989 19 2 157 183

SchoffeleersJ. Mathijs ‘Twins and Unilateral Figures in Central and Southern Africa: Symmetry and Asymmetry in the Symbolization of the Sacred’ Journal of Religion in Africa 1991a 21 4 345 372

SchoffeleersJ. Mathijs Waarom God maar één been heeft. Naar een post-structuralistische antropologie van de religie 1991b Inaugural address Universiteit Utrecht Utrecht

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SchoffeleersJ. Mathijs River of Blood: The Genesis of a Martyr Cult in Southern Malawi c. A.D. 1600. 1992 Madison The University of Wisconsin Press

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