Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae
On-line version ISSN 2412-4265
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MAPURANGA, Tapiwa Praise. AICs as a gendered space in Harare, Zimbabwe: revisiting the role and place of women. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2013, vol.39, n.2, pp.303-317. ISSN 2412-4265.
This article examines the politics of space with particular reference to African Independent Churches (AICs) in the city of Harare. This stems from the notion that AICs in the city tend to occupy the margins and outer spaces. On the one hand, this article argues that this location of the periphery compounds the marginality of women in these churches as they also occupy the margins within the hierarchies of the church in terms of leadership. This article's assumptions are that, in AICs, men dominate most of the religious space. Women tend to fill in the less important spheres and, at times, are mere followers. On the other hand, despite this male dominance, women have begun to reclaim some power that they had earlier on enjoyed in traditional religions.