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Rwanda Before the Genocide: Catholic Politics and Ethnic Discourse in the Late Colonial Era

J.J. Carney


Between 1920 and 1994, the Catholic Church was Rwanda’s most dominant social and religious institution. In recent years, church leaders have been critiqued for their perceived complicity in the ethnic discourse, violence, and political corruption that culminated with the 1994 genocide. In analyzing the contested legacy of Catholicism in Rwanda, Rwanda Before the Genocide focuses on a critical decade, from 1952 to 1962, when Hutu and Tutsi identities became politicized, essentialized, and associated with political violence. This study—the first English-language church history on Rwanda in over ... More

Keywords: Rwanda, genocide, Catholic, Hutu, Tutsi, White Fathers, revolution, violence, ethnic, church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199982271
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982271.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J.J. Carney, author
Creighton University