Understanding the Use of Old Testament Texts by the Lord's Resistance Army


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Religions and Peace Studies


The research will focus on understanding how the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have used the Bible to sustain the rebellion which started in northern Uganda and has now spread to the Central African Republic. LRA is an armed group that was fighting in northern Uganda since 1987 and is currently based in the central African Republican. Their main contention was to establish a government based on the biblical Ten Commandments. This research therefore seeks to understand what Old Testament motifs the LRA used in their rhetoric, and how they were used. To pursue this, the researcher will conduct interviews in northern Uganda with former LRA members. This study is an example of interdisciplinary research, where theory and methodology from both the social sciences and biblical studies will be employed.