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/Dr Macloud Sipeyiye
Dr Macloud Sipeyiye

Position: Senior Lecturer

Department: Religious Studies
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  • PhD. Religious Studies (2018) (MSU)
  • MA. Religious Studies (2008) (UZ)
  • BA (Special Honours) Religious Studies (2006) (UZ)
  • Grad. CE (2001)(UZ)
  • BA General (1997) (UZ).

Research Interests

  • Religion, health and human flourishing,
  • Religion and politics,
  • Religion and ecological conservation,
  • Religion and 4IR.


Journal Articles

  • Sipeyiye, M. 2023. (Re)imaging Ndau Indigenous Religion of Zimbabwe in the Digital Era. African Identities. DOI: 10.1080/14725843.2023.222734.

  •  Nkomo, T & Sipeyiye, M. 2023. Shifting Notions in Maternal Health System of Johane Masowe Chishanu of Chitekete, Gokwe in Zimbabwe, HTS Teologiese Studies /Theological Studies 79(3), a8284.

  •  Sipeyiye, M. 2022. ‘Elderly women and COVID-19 vaccination in the indigenous religio-culture of the Ndau of south eastern Zimbabwe,’ HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 78(2), a7768. DOI 10.4102/hts.V78i2.7768.

  •  Sipeyiye, M & Mpofu, P. 2022. Sex gospel in Zimbabwe’s Pentecostal Christianity as a response to social change: The case of Apostle Kapandura and Mai Lucia Gunguwo. Journal of Asian and African Studies (JAAS), Volume 57 Number 6 September, pp1126-1140, SAGE.  DOI:10.1177/00219096211046274.

  •  Sipeyiye, M & Muyambo, T. 2021. Gendered small scale crops and power dynamics: A case of uninga (sesame) production among the Ndau of south east Zimbabwe. HTS Teologiese studies/ Theological Studies 77(2), a6661. https://doi: org/10.4102/hts.v77i2.6661.

  •  Dube, E. E. N & Sipeyiye, M. 2021. “Rethinking doro (traditional brew) in the Worldview of the Ndau of Zimbabwe: A Post-colonial reflection,” Indilinga: African Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Vol. 20 (1), pp1-12.

  • Makaudze, G & Sipeyiye, M. 2019. “Backward? Or self-delusion? A critical analysis of the cultural significance of the eating/feeding habits of the traditional Shona people of Zimbabwe,” Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Volume 18 Number 1, pp. 55 – 63.

  • Mwandayi, C & Sipeyiye, M. 2018. “The silent ‘machoman’ in the house: The case of women in Biblical and African societies” LASU Journal of Religion and Peace, Vol 3 N0. 1, June 2018, pp54-68.

  • Sipeyiye, M. 2016. “Ending Domestic Violence in Zimbabwe: Tapping into the Shona Religio-cultural Resources,” in LASU Journal of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University, Vol. 10, pp81-94.

  • Konyana, E.G & Sipeyiye, M. 2015. Complex moral dilemmas of large-scale projects: The Case of Macdom-ARDA Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant Project in Chipinge, south-eastern Zimbabwe in International Journal of Sustainable Development 18 (4): pp349-360, 2015.

    Book Chapters

  • Sipeyiye, M & Dube, E.E.N. 2023. Of women leadership in African Indigenous Spirituality: A Case of the Ndau of south-eastern Zimbabwe. In: M. Manyonganise, E. Chitando & S. Chirongoma (Eds.), Women, Religion and Leadership in Zimbabwe, Volume 1: An Ecofeminist Perspective.pp147-166. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Sipeyiye, M. 2023. Shona Religion: Sexual and Reproductive Health. In E. Chitando and F. Machingura, Religion and Sexuality in Zimbabwe (pp11-24). London: Lexington.

  • Sipeyiye, M. 2022. Coping with the coronavirus (COVID-19): resources from Ndau indigenous religion, pp52-71. In: F. Sibanda, T, Muyambo and E. Chitando, Religion and the COVID-19 pandemic in Southern Africa. London: Routledge, pp52-71.

  • Sipeyiye, M, & Chigidi, W.L. 2022. Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi: Celebrating the spirituality of indigenous Africans through music. In: E, Chitando et al. Singing from the Heart: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Oliver Mtukudzi. Cham: Springer-Nature, pp207-218.

  • Sipeyiye, M & Konyana, E. 2022. ‘Harnessing Ndau religious and sociocultural beliefs and practices for celebrating women power in Zimbabwe. In: E, Chitando, S. Chirongoma & K. Biri. Women and Religion in Zimbabwe: Strides and Struggles,’ London: Lexington Books, pp1-10.

  • Sithole, L & Sipeyiye, M 2022. “The interface of human rights and Ndau women’s maternal health care rites.” In: S. Chirongoma, M. Manyonganise & E. Choitando. Religion, Women’s Health Rights and Sustainable Development in Zimbabwe: Volume 1. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. pp59-78.

  • Sipeyiye, M. 2020. “Rethinking environmental sustainability through Ndau notion of communal existence.” In: Penxa-Matholeni, M. Manyonganise & K. Boateng (eds), Mother Earth, Mother Africa & African Indigenous Religions, Stellenbosch: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA.

  • Sipeyiye M & Muyambo, T. 2020. “Rite writing off Rights?: Male Child Circumcision in the context of HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe.” In: Lovemore Togarasei & David Bishau. Religion and social marginalization in Zimbabwe. Bamberg: Bamberg University Press.

  • Sipeyiye, M. 2018. Pentecostalism and Interreligious Dialogue: A Case Study of AFM in Zimbabwe” in Machingura, F, Togarasei, L and Chitando E, (Eds). Pentecostalism and Human Rights in Zimbabwe. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Ltd.

  • Sipeyiye, M and Konyana, E.G. 2018.  “Nyaya yeKunhonga: Instant Prosperity and the Shona Religious and Cultural Values”, pp315-33. In: I. Muhwati, T. Charamba and C. Tembo, Singing Nation: A Decade of Crisis 2000-2010. Gweru: Midlands State University Press.

  • Taringa, N.T & Sipeyiye, M. 2018. “Religious Pluralism and the Interaction between Pentecostal Christianity & African Traditional Religions: A case study of AFM and Shona Traditional Religion.” In: Lovemore Togarasei (ed). Aspects of Pentecostal Christianity in Zimbabwe. Cham: Springer, pp199-210.

  • Sipeyiye, M.2015. “Who is on the side of the Ancestral Spirits? A critical assessment of the role of African Traditional Religions on the Zimbabwean Political Landscape.” In: F.H. Chimhanda, V.M.S, Molobi and I.D, Mothoagae, African Theological Reflections: Critical Voices on Liberation, Leadership, Gender and Eco-Justice, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, UNISA.pp125-144.

  • Sipeyiye, M. “Shifting Notions of Funerals among Africans: A Case of the Shona of Zimbabwe.” In: L.O.  Laguda (ed), .2014. Death & Life after Death in African Philosophy & Religions: A Multidisciplinary Engagement, African Institute for Culture, Peace, Dialogue & Tolerance Studies, Harare, pp132-150.

  • Sipeyiye M & Konyana E.G. (2013). “Sex & Sexuality in African Traditional Religions: Exploring trends among the Shona People of Zimbabwe.” In: L.O. Laguda, (ed). (2013). Sex & Sexuality in Africa and Diaspora: A social and ethical engagement, African Institute for Culture, Peace, Dialogue & Tolerance Studies, Harare. pp176-186.

  • Konyana, E.G, Sipeyiye, M & Konyana, S. (2013). “Sexuality Discourse in African Communities: Colonial & Post Independence Zimbabwe Experiences”. In Laguda, D.O, (ed) (2013). Sex Sexuality in Africa and Diaspora: A social and ethical engagement. Harare: African Institute for Culture, Peace, Dialogue & Tolerance Studies, pp198-207.

  • Taringa, N.T & Sipeyiye, M, 2013. “Zimbabwean Indigenous Religions & Political Drama: The Fast-Track Land Reform & the Fast Track Change of attitudes to Nature, 2000-2009.” In: E. Chitando (ed). PRAYERS & PLAYERS: Religion &Politics in Zimbabwe. Harare: SAPES Books, pp51-61. 


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