Historical Epistemology and Pentecostal Origins: History and Historiography in Ethiopian Pentecostalism

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Haustein, Jörg (2013)

This article revisits the issue of historiography in Pentecostal studies, seeking to connect this\ud debate to recent theories of history coming from postcolonial and poststructuralist thought.\ud I argue that the historian of Pentecostalism should seek not only to reconstruct past events,\ud but, more than that, to offer a historical analysis of Pentecostal historiography. By drawing on\ud four related theoretical insights into history and applying them to a concrete example from\ud Ethiopian Pentecostalism, I aim to contribute to the epistemological reflection of Pentecostal\ud historiography.
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