Religions in Contemporary Africa

An Introduction

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Laura Grillo, Adriaan van Klinken, Hassan Ndzovu
  • New York, NY: 
    , April
     244 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Mariske Westendorp forthcoming.


Religions in Contemporary Africa is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the three main religious traditions on the African continent, African indigenous religions, Christianity and Islam. The book provides a historical overview of these important traditions and focuses on the roles they play in African societies today. It includes social, cultural and political case studies from across the continent on the following topical issues:

  • Witchcraft and modernity
  • Power and politics
  • Conflict and peace
  • Media and popular culture
  • Development
  • Human rights
  • Illness and health
  • Gender and sexuality

With suggestions for further reading, discussion questions, illustrations and a list of glossary terms this is the ideal textbook for students in religion, African studies and adjacent fields approaching this subject area for the first time.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Laura S. Grillo is Affiliated Faculty at Georgetown University.

Adriaan van Klinken is Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds.

Hassan J. Ndzovu is Senior Lecturer of Religious Studies at Moi University.



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