Malawi scholar Sibande publishes scholarly text on homosexuality

Malawian scholar and social commentator Lyson Sibande’s book, Homosexuality in Africa: a Political, Religious, and Cultural Dilemma, has hit the country’s bookshops and seeks to address the conflict of values, beliefs and ideals between politics on one hand and religion and culture on the other.

Book on homosexuality in bookshops now

The issue of homosexuality has been a contentious issue in Africa; and, while others have embraced the revolution as a matter of the preservation of democracy and human rights, most Africans reject gay rights because they believe it is against religions and culture of the African people.

“In the book, I provide the history and analysis of homosexuality in Christianity and Islam as recorded in the Bible, Qur’an and Hadith, and examine scholarly literature to determine what African predominant Abrahamic religions of Christianity and Islam really teach about homosexuality and homosexuals,” said Sibande.

According to Sibande, the book also looks at the history of homosexuality in African communities before and after Africans made contact with Europeans to determine the reality of the presence of same-sex acts in Africa and their relationship with European colonialism and western democracy.

“The book also analyzes homosexuality and the African culture to determine whether or not Africans naturally have a culture that is intolerant towards same-sex acts. In the final chapters,  the book defines human rights to determine whether gay rights are human rights or not, and analyzes the principle of Separation of the Church and the state, religious freedom and the secularism of the state to determine  the roles of the Church and government on the issue of gay rights,” he said.

The 172-paged book, which has taken Sibande four years to complete, is available at CLAIM Mabuku and Grey Matter bookshops of Lilongwe and Blantyre.

“The purpose of the book is not activism or advocacy in favor or against homosexuality and gay rights but education; the book provides a researched basis for educated opinions and facts on homosexuality and gay rights so that people in Malawi and across the continent can have informed debate on gay rights,” said Sibande.

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Vili Mkucha
Vili Mkucha
2 years ago

Oh! Late? Why? Already? What do you mean?

There is no crime nor sin in having more than one books on the same subject. How many biology books have you ever seen? Many. So it means we want as many books as possible in homosexuality.

Chikomeni1
Chikomeni1
2 years ago

With all due respect, Sibande is a little bit late. DR Jones Mawerenga at Chancellor College published his book entitled THE HOMOSEXUALITY DEBATE IN MALAWI last year. It is available for sale at Chancellor College and at Mzuzu University. It was published by Mzuni Press. By the way, it is 500 pages long.

Kulani
2 years ago
Reply to  Chikomeni1

With all due respect, there is nothing wrong in publishing on the same topic. What matters is whether you are merely repeating previous work or bringing in new issues/ideas. If you are not bringing in anything new, your work is not publishable. Further, you cannot judge a book by the number of pages. Not in this world!

Makwinja
Makwinja
2 years ago
Reply to  Chikomeni1

Knowledge is never late my friend.What the writer has written will still be useful to the society.Writers have different ways of sending messages to their readers.

Ndangodutsamo
Ndangodutsamo
2 years ago
Reply to  Chikomeni1

Thats like sayinig there cant be two books on same topic. There are different views to everything. And 500 pages compared to 172 pages others would prefer to read 172 pages

Tizanka
Tizanka
2 years ago
Reply to  Chikomeni1

The moment someone say with all due respect kkkk samala they are about to be darn disrespectful

phakamani mahlambi
2 years ago
Reply to  Tizanka

with all/most due respect means no respect at all!!!!!!

Thokozani Chabwera
Thokozani Chabwera
2 years ago
Reply to  Chikomeni1

He is not late. He had to do a thorough research before coming with the book

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