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Prof. Tapiwa Praise Mapuranga


DPhil (UZ 2010); MA (UZ 2002); BA HONS ( UZ 2000)

Academic Appointments:

Professor in the department of Religious studies

Research Interests:

Phenomenology of Religion, Religion and Gender, Gender and Sexuality, Religion, Gender and HIV.

Faculty: Arts and Humanities
Department: Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
Research Category: Arts

Professor in the department of Religious Studies Classics & Philosophy

Phone: +263242303211

1. Mapuranga, Tapiwa Praise (2018) Pastors, Preachers and Wives: A Critical Reflection on the Role of Pentecostalism in Women Empowerment in Zimbabwe. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-78565-3_10 p139-150

2. Mapuranga, Tapiwa Praise (2018) Studying the United Family International Church in Zimbabwe : The Case for applying multiple approaches to the study of religion and religious phenomena. London: Oxford University Press

3. Mapuranga, Tapiwa Praise (2016) Unlikely allies: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activists and church leaders in Africa. London: Taylor and Francis

4. Mapuranga, Tapiwa Praise (2013) AICs as a gendered space in Harare, Zimbabwe: revisiting the role and place of women Journal of Studia Hist. Ecc. vol.39 n.2 Pretoria Feb. 2013

5. Mapuranga, TP. 2013. Bargaining with patriarchy: women Pentecostal leaders in Zimbabwe. Journal of Fieldwork in Religion 8(1), 74-91.

6. Mapuranga, T.P. 2012. The politics of Pentecostalism and women's Ministries in Zimbabwe: an interpretation of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:11-14, in BiAS Series 7, eds. Gunda & J Kugler. Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press, 379-394.


Patented Work:

Grants & Funding (current and Past projects):

Swedish Theological Institute on The International Study Course, “Building Peace and Living Reconciliation, a Shared Responsibility of Men and Women”, Jerusalem, Israel, 2016.

APSA Africa Workshop on Religion and Politics, Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. 2013

OSSREA PhD Refresher Course on Methodology Training, Uganda. 2013.

Gender and Sexualities. CODERSRIA/SEPHIS workshop Dakar, Senegal. 2010.

DAAD Summer Academy on ‘Religion and Order in Africa’ Bayreuth, Germany 2010.

Gender Institute on Higher education. CODESRIA. 2009.

Awards & Achievements:

Nagel institute: Social Science Program; Religious Innovation and Competition, 2016.

The Other Foundation: Honey Bee Grant; Same Sex Relationships, 2016.

CODESRIA: National Working Group; Pentecostalism and Women Entrepreneurship in Harare, 2015.

The Other Foundation: Namaqualand Daisy Grant, 2014 .

Guggenheim Foundation: Small Research Grants on Change and Violence, 2013.

IAHR (International Association for the History of Religions) African Trust Fund, 2011.

CODESRIA- Small Grants For Thesis Writing, 2006.

Consultancy and advisory work (current and past):

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