Religion in Africa on the Internet
General Resources & Current News on Religion in Africa
- Africa Focus--Sights and Sounds of a Continent: Images of Religion --and-- Rites and Ceremonies (University of Wisconsin--Madison Libraries and African Studies Program, Madison, Wisconsin)
- African Association for the Study of Religions (via Edinburgh, UK)
- African studies quarterly. (Online): "Religion and philosophy in Africa" (1998) Vol. 1, issue 4. -- Gainesville, Florida: University of Florida, Center for African Studies.
-- See also the ASQ archive for "religion" (1997 to present)
- AllAfrica.Com News on Religion in Africa (AllAfrica Global Media, Washington, DC)
Current and recent news in brief on Africa in English or French from African newspapers and journals, the Pan African News Agency (PANA), UN news services, and non-African sources. Warning: the searchable archive for articles older than 30 days is only available through subscription.
- Leiden University, African Studies Centre: "Religion" in Kenya Coast Bibliography By Jan Hoorweg (2000) (The Netherlands)
A two-page bibliography on the religions of coastal Kenya, East Africa.
- United States. Department of State. International Religious Freedom Annual Reports. (Washington, DC)
- United States Institute of Peace: Religion and Peacemaking (All Regions) (Washington, DC)
- Afriquespoir. (Online) -- Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo: Afriquespoir, 1998--
Une publication trimestrielle Catholique qui offre les actualités d'évangélisation, des témoignages missionaires, et une opportunité pour un échange entre églises. Les archives contient les vieux numéros depuis 1998.
- Agenzia Fides: News on Roman Catholic Bishops, Pastoral Letters, and Missions in Africa: Search By Country. (Congregazione per l'Evangelizzazione dei Popoli, Vatican City, Rome, Italy)
- Além mar: visão missionária. (Online) -- Lisbon, Portugal: Missionários Combonianos do Coração de Jesus, 1997-
This is the electronic version of a monthly magazine in Portuguese produced by the Comboni Missionaries of the Roman Catholic Church to disseminate religious news and information about the work of the missions in Africa and elsewhere. There is also a section “especial” with brief religious profiles for countries in Africa, Américas, and Asia. Plus, links to other online Catholic missionary magazines
- All Africa Conference of Churches = Conférence des Eglises de toute l'Afrique (Nairobi, Kenya)
- Anglicans Online: Africa Directory and Links (Society of Archbishop Justus, UK)
- BBC World Service: The Story of Africa--Christianity (British Broadcasting Corporation, London, UK)
The web site which accompanied a radio broadcast series on African history, featuring very short historical summaries in English, with audio clips and a short bibliography.
- Billy Graham Center Archives (Wheaton College, Illinois)
This archive contains collections mainly from North American Protestant missionaries and some African churches and organizations. Most records cover the 20th century and concern eastern or central Africa. See also, search tips for Africa-related material
- Boston University School of Theology: Center for Global Christianity and Mission (Boston, Massachusetts)
The center web site features short bibliographies and information about several Africa-related programs under the leadership of Dana L. Robert and Martinus L. Daneel--especially for Zimbabwe: African Initiatives in Christian Mission, Research on Indigenous Religions in Zimbabwe, and Preservation Project for African Initiated Churches Zimbabwe Archive.
- Christian Churches -- Net Ministries: Directory: Search By Country (The Colony, Texas)
- Coptic Orthodox Church Network (Jersey City, New Jersey)
- Dictionary of African Christian Biography (Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut)
The site provides information on the project itself and the online dictionary with entries in English, French, and Kiswahili. "The DACB is a multilingual electronic database containing biographies of African Christian leaders, evangelists, and lay workers. Biographies are of those persons chiefly responsible for laying the foundations and advancing the growth of Christian communities in Africa."
- Ethiopian Christianity
- "A Bibliography of Christianity in Ethiopia," by John Abbink -- Leiden, The Netherlands: African Studies Centre, Leiden University, 2003. 102 pp. PDF format
- ”Ethiopian Icons: Faith and Science” Exhibition, January 31 - October 3, 2003 (National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC)
The website includes images of Ethiopian Orthodox Christian icons (and processional crosses) from the 17th to the 19th centuries; plus a short bibliography
- The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Faith and Order (United Kingdom)
An official web site of the church outside of Ethiopia--in Amharic, English, French, and German, with sacred and historical texts, audio files, illustrations excerpted from books, photographs, and links to videos.
- Inventaire des bibliothèques et des catalogues de manuscrits éthiopiens (janvier 2008). Par Anaïs Wion, Marie-Laure Derat et Claire Bosc-Tiessé. (Ménestrel--medievistes sur l'internet, sources, travaux, references en ligne, informations sur les collections au tour du monde, via Paris, France)en format PDF
- Le Fait misionnaire. (Online)—Archive (Laussane, Switzerland)
This site offers the tables-of-contents and a selection of back issue articles for a “peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of the social and political influence of Christian missions in Africa and other parts of the (former) colonial world.” Since 2007, the journal was renamed Social Sciences & Missions and is published by E.J. Brill in The Netherlands---a paid subscription is required for access.
- Kimbanguisme.net (France)
Un site de la diaspora congolaise et du mouvement indépendantiste développé au sein du Christianisme par Simon Kimbangu et ses fidèles au Congo depuis 1921.
- University of Malawi, Department of Theology and Religious Studies: Kachere Series Publishing (Zomba, Malawi)
The site features the publisher's lists of books on Christianity and African "traditional" religion which are available through African Books Collective (Oxford, UK; distributed in USA by Michigan State University Press).
- Maryknoll Institute of African Studies: St. Mary's University of Minnesota and Tangaza College, Nairobi, Kenya. (Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers--Africa Region, via USA)
- Mozambique -- Igrejas em Moçambique: uma colecção de links (2002) Moçambique On-Line (Wim Neeleman, Maputo, Mozambique)
"Esta página foi feita em colaboração com Eric Morier-Genoud e tem contribuições de Obede Baloi."
- MUNDUS: Gateway to Missionary Collections in the United Kingdom (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK)
A searchable directory and catalogue of archival holdings on missionary societies and missionaries in the UK. The site includes a collection of sample historic photographs and links to related sites. See especially: the clickable map of Africa
- Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) (Nairobi, Kenya)
"AIC's are indigenous African churches, founded originally during the colonial period, as an assertion that God speaks directly to Africans without requiring the mediation of outsiders. They developed indigenous forms of worship, theology, and social organization, rooted in African culture. Members of AICs number about 60 million across the continent at the present time."
- Religion and theology: a journal of contemporary religious discourse. (Online)—Excerpts from 1995-97 -- Pretoria, South Africa: University of South Africa Press.
- Tanzania -- Jordan University College Salvatorian Institute of Philosophy and Theology (Morogoro, Tanzania)
A constituent college of St. Augustine University of Tanzania, Mwanza: the official web site of the Roman Catholic seminary college in Tanzania affiliated with the Philosophy Faculty of the Pontifical Urbaniana University of Rome, Italy.
- United Methodist Church--Global Ministries: Africa (New York)
- África and Islam -- Biblioteca Virtual (oozebap.org, Barcelona, Spain)
Selected online books, journals, and links on information about Africa and Islamic societies.
- ARISA--Annual review of Islam in South Africa. (Online) -- Cape Town: Department of Religious Studies, University of Cape Town, 1998-
- BBC World Service: The Story of Africa--Islam (British Broadcasting Corporation, London, UK)
The web site which accompanied a radio broadcast series on African history, featuring very short historical summaries in English, with audio clips and a short bibliography.
- Bibliothèque nationale de France: Inventaire de la bibliothèque Umarienne de Ségou (1985) by Noureddin Ghali, avec le participation de Louis Brenner, David Robinson, Jean-Louis Triaud. 342 pages
(via Gallica--Bibliothèque numérique, Paris, France)
--See also: "Manuscrits Arabes du Fonds Archinard," microfilm copy at Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)
- Columbia University -- Past Events on Islam in Africa
- East African Muslims after 9/11. by Rüdiger Seesemann (2005) Bayreuth African Studies working papers;
no. 3. (July 2005) -- Bayreuth, Germany: Universität Bayreuth, 2005.
- "Muslims in Eastern Africa--Their Past and Present," by Abdulaziz Y. Lodhi (1994). Nordic journal of African studies. (Online); vol. 3, no. 1. (Helsinki, Finland) 10 pages in PDF format
See the home page
to search the archive for more short articles on Islam in Africa.
- Islam -- General Resources (Compiled by Middle East & North African Studies Librarian, Columbia University)
- Islam in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa (2014) An online bibliography by Paul Schrijver. Library, Documentation, and Information Department, Afrikastudiecentrum=African Studies Centre, Leiden University. (The Netherlands) -- via AfricaBib.Org
- The Islamic World to 1600 (Created by Erica Fraser and the Applied History Research Group, University of Calgary, Canada)
- Kane, Ousmane. Non-Europhone Intellectuels (2012). [Translation of: Intellectuels non-europhones. 2003]
-- Dakar, Senegal : Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, 2012. (Format PDF)
- Islam in Kenya
- The Islamic Foundation Kenya (Nairobi)
- Muslims for Human Rights (Mombasa, Kenya) Since 1997
- Northwestern University, Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (Evanston, Illinois):
"Muslims and party politics and electoral campaigns in Kenya," (2009) by Hassan Ndzovu Working paper (Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies); no. 09-001 ; 14 pages in PDF format
- SUPKEM--Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (Nairobi)
- University of Oxford--Podcast: "Encountering Islam in Eastern African: Transnational History and Imperialism, c. 1880-1930," Lecture by Prof. David Anderson (February 2011) (Oxford, UK) Audio file, about 53 minutes
- ZMO--Zentrum Moderner Orient: "Kenyan Muslims and the righting of historical injustices: the case of Mwambao" (July 2008) (Berlin, Germany)
Audio recording of lecture by Islamic scholar and former politician Sheikh Abdilahi Nassir from Mombasa, Kenya
--See also: "Swahili scholars, poetry and politics"
program at ZMO in June & July 2008.
- Layene Brotherhood of Senegal -- La Communauté Layène
The official site –in French, Arabic, English, Spanish, and Italian--of the Layene Brotherhood, an Islamic sect founded by Seydina Limamou Laye (1843-1909) who declared himself the Mahdi. The site includes a biography and geneology of the founder, important religious events, and other information about the movement.
- The Library of Congress: Islamic Manuscripts from Timbuktu, Mali (Washington, DC)
- "Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination of Muslim Africa in Contemporary Culture,"
May 18-November 20, 2011, Textile Museum of Canada (Toronto, Canada)
- Map of "Islam in Africa" (1987) JPEG format (Perry Castañeda Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin)
- Sufism in Morocco: Dar-Sirr (El Hassane Debbarh, Fez, Morocco)
A self-styled "portal" of information on Sufism in Morocco--especially Tijanism, which offers historical, biographical, and theological summaries in English...based on established Islamic sources and
Vincent J. Cornell's 1998 book, Realm of the saint: power and authority in Moroccan Sufism; with some useful links to other web sites and online Islamic texts.
- The Murid Sufi Brotherhood -- La Mouridiyya et Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba (1854-1927)
- Daara Khidmatul Khadim, Raleigh, North Carolina
- Foundation Khadimu Rassul of Michigan (Southfield, Michigan)
- Hizbut Tarqiyyah -- Khâdimu-R-Rasûl: Le Serviteur Privilégé du Prophète (Paix et Salut sur Lui) (Touba, Sénégal)
-- Veuillez voir surtout: Aperçu sur sa vie et son oeuvre -- Le Serviteur Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba
- MICA--Murid Islamic Community in America (New York)
General information--biographical and cultural, announcements and events--including the annual visit of Serigne Mame Mor Mbacke; plus related links.
- Le Projet Majalis (SARL SIPEM--Société d'Impréssion, de Presse, d'Edition et de Multimédia, Dakar, Sénégal)
"Le Projet Majalis est une initiative entreprise depuis 2001...ayant pour objet de rassembler et de proposer sous format numérique et autres l'essentiel du patrimoine culturel islamique en général, sénégalais et mouride en particulier..." Le site comprend plusieurs vidéos des récents événements au Sénégal et à New York...et une archive des émissions de la Radio Xam-Xam.
English | Wolof
- Les Grands Magals et Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba (Touba-Internet, France)
Les informations et les reportages sur les grands magals à Touba; en plus d’une entrée biographique du fondateur de la confrérie et celles de ses sucusseurs, avec quelques oeuvres litteraires choisies, et des autres pertinentes informations.
- Passport to Paradise: Visualizing Islam in West Africa and the Mouride Diaspora (UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California, Los Angeles)
- Islam in Nigeria
- Islam in Nigeria--Web Dossier and Bibliography (2005) (Library, Documentation, and Information Department, Afrikastudiecentrum=African Studies Centre, Leiden University, The Netherlands)
- The Library of Congress: "The State of Arabic Manuscript Collections in Nigeria" (2007) Report of a Survey Tour to Northern Nigeria, March 3-19, 2007. (Dr. Angel Batiste, Area Specialist, Sub-Saharan Africa; Washington, DC)
- National Council of Nigerian Muslim Organizations in the USA (Washington, DC) Founded in 1976
- Nigerian Muslims Network (UK and Nigeria)
A collection of commentaries and scholarly articles on Islam in Nigerian history and contemporary issues; plus links to online versions of The Qur'an, Hadith and other Islamic texts, as well as other Nigerian Muslim sites.
- Sharia implementation in northern Nigeria 1999-2006: a sourcebook. Compiled and edited by Philip Ostien. -- Ibadan, Nigeria: Spectrum Books, Ltd ; Bayreuth, Germany: Universität Bayreuth, 2007. 5 volumes in PDF format
- Northwestern University: Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA) (Evanston, Illinois)
- The web site offers information about the research and teaching activities of the Institute, which include
- Arabic Manuscripts from West Africa: A Catalog of the Herskovits Library Collection: The Umar Falke Collection, The John Paden Collection, The John Hunwick Collection, and The University of Ghana Collection.
- 4th Annual International Colloquium, "Gender and Islam in Africa: Discourses, Practices, and Empowerment of Women," May 20-22, 2004--News article about colloquium in PAS newsletter, Fall 2004 (Vol. 1, no. 1)
- See also: "Africa and Islamic revival: historical and contemporary perspectives," by John Hunwick (1996) Originally published by MSANEWS. ("Islam and Islamic Studies Resources," Prof. Alan Godlas, Department of Religion, University of Georgia, Athens)
- The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life -- Muslims
- Political Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Need for a New Research and Diplomatic Agenda. (May 2005) by David Dickson. –Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2005. PDF format
- PUBLISLAM: Espaces publics religieux--États, sociétés civiles et islam en Afrique de l'ouest (via Centre d'Études des Mondes Africains, Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)
"Porté par une équipe de 25 chercheurs africains, européens et canadiens, issus de 5 disciplines différentes (anthropologie, histoire, sciences politiques, sociologie et philosophie), le projet PUBLISLAM a pour ambition d'analyser les processus d'émergence et d'expansion de la sphère islamique au sein des espaces publics de cinq pays francophones d'Afrique de l'Ouest (Sénégal, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso et Côte d'Ivoire)."
--Veuillez voir surtout: Bibliographie sélective
- Islam in Senegal
- Columbia University--Past Event: Conference on "Tolerance, Democracy, and Sufis in Senegal," March 7-9, 2008. Co-sponsored by The Institute of African Studies and The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. (New York)
- Leiden University: "Paths of Islam in Senegal." (1998) By Mamadou Diouf. ISIM newsletter ; no. 1/98 -- Leiden, The Netherlands: International Instutute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World, via Leiden University Open Repository.
- Michigan State University, MATRIX, African Digital Online Library -- Islam in Senegal
- Northwestern University: "Why is Militant Islam a Weak Phenomenon in Senegal?" (March 2009) By Andrew Thurston. Working paper (Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, Northwestern University); no 09-005 -- Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University, 2009. 17 pages in PDF format
- UNESCO Bureau régional pour l'éducation en Afrique: Les valeurs culturelles des confreries musulmanes au Sénégal. (décembre 2012) Par Mamadou Mané. --Dakar: UNESCO, 2012. 60 pages en format PDF
- Université Lille 3: "L'immigration sénégalaise en France, de 1914 à 1993: étude de l'implantation et du rôle des confreries musulmanes sénégalaises." (2004) par Dr. Fatou Gassama. Thèse de doctorat, Université Charles de Gaule--Lille 3, . (Université Lille 3: La recherche --Thèses en ligne, Lille, France)
- See also: Murid Sufi Brotherhood -and- the Tijani Sufism of El Hadj Ibrahima Niass (1900-1975) of Senegal
- Sharia Debates in Africa -- Research Project (Universität Bayreuth, Germany)
The site features information about the project
on "Sharia debates and their perception by Christians and Muslims," plus summaries on history and issues for 4 African countries: Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania, with bibliographical references.
- Sudanic Africa. (Online): TOC and Excerpts, 1990- -- Bergen, Norway: Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Bergen.
"Sudanic Africa is an international academic journal devoted to the presentation and discussion of historical sources on the Sudanic belt, the area between the Sahara and the Bay of Niger, the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. The journal typically presents such sources in the original language and in translation, with comments."
- The Tijani Sufi Brotherhood in Africa -- La Tijaniyya en Afrique
- African American Islamic Institute (Kaolack, Senegal ; New York, Detroit, and Atlanta, USA)
- Dar-Sirr.Com--Portal to Moroccan Sufism (See "Sufism in Morocco" above)
- The Islamic Tijaniya Foundation of America, Inc. (2010) (Washington, DC)
The site includes information on the Islamic Tijaniyya brotherhood --founded in Morocco in the 18th century—and information about seminars and conferences in the US.
- The Tariqa Tijaniyya (Zakariya Wright, USA)
An unofficial site with basic information in English about the order, its doctrines, and biographies of the founder and successive Tijani scholars.
- Tidjaniya -- Site officiel de la Voie = Official website of the Tidjaniya Way (Lyon, France)
Le site officiel de la confrérie, --en français, anglais, et arabe-- avec une essai sur la vie du fondateur, Sidi Ahmed Tidjani (1737/38-1815 CE), un recueil de ses enseignements, une séléction des actualités de l'Afrique du Nord, du Sénégal, et de la France (y compris plusieurs nécrologies des figures importants de la confrérie), et une bibliothèque de vidéos et de photos.
- El Hadj Ibrahima Niass (1900-1975) of Senegal
- Baye Niass Imam de la Fayda (Dakar, Sénégal)
Un site multi-media sur la Tijaniyya, les disciples, les dahiras, et des autres informations de contact au Sénégal et à travers le monde.
- Jamiyatou Ansaroudine: une initiative de l'Association "Les talibés de Baye en France" (Colombes, France)
- Medina Baay Research Association (Dr. Joseph Hill, American University in Cairo, Egypt; University of Rochester, New York, USA)
The website includes excerpts from an archive of digitized religious texts, interviews, photographs, selected secondary readings, and other information collected by Joseph Hill and other members of the Medina Baay Research Association in Kawlax (Kaolack), Senegal. The site also includes updates on Hill's own field research. Medina Baay...is the headquarters of the 'Ibrahimiyyah' branch of the Tijaniyyah Sufi order and was founded by Ibrahim Ñas, usually called Baay Ñas in Wolof.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art: "Trade and the Spread of Islam in Africa" Timeline of Art History (New York)
A brief historical summary, with a few bibliographical references and related links on the history of Islam and Islamic arts in general.
- Islamic University in Uganda (Mbale, Uganda)
"...established in 1988 to serve the English-Speaking Sub Saharan Africa. But since then the mission has expanded as the institution has continued to welcome students from across the continent and beyond...with six faculties and four campuses spread across the country."
- Abayudaya Jews of Uganda (Kulani, Inc., New York)
A collection of articles, videos, and reports by volunteers in Uganda about a community of Africans, originally followers of a Ganda leader of the late 19th and early 20th century, Semei Kakungulu.
- Ethiopian Jews
- The Jews of Africa (2001) (Jay Sand, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
A free-lance journalist, musician, and traveller has compiled profiles and historical summaries on "Jewish" communities in Africa, north and south of the Sahara.
- South African Jews
”Traditional” Religions in Africa & the Diaspora
- African Philosophy Resources: "Religion, Philosophy, and Africa": Links to Online Texts, Websites, and Related Resources (Prof. Bruce B. Janz, University of Central Florida, Orlando)
- African Traditional Religion (Chidi Denis Isizoh, Italy)
- ANKH: Egyptologie et Civilisations Africaines -- Bibliographies (Paris, France)
- Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions. (Online) -- Paris, France: Editions de l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales; via Revues.org, 1956--
This online journal contains full text articles on Afro-Latin American religions
. Older issues published before 2000 are available via Persée
: portail des revues scientifique en sciences humaines et sociales.
- Orisha and Yoruba--New World Religions
- ”This Far by Faith: African-American Spiritual Journeys”: PBS Television Series. A co-production of Blackside, Inc., The Faith Project, Inc., and Independent Television Service. (Public Broadcasting Service, Arlington, Virginia)
The web site of the television program series about African-American religious history and historical figures; includes a profile of Olaudah Equiano, an essay on Religion in Africa, and a timeline and other highlights on the transatlantic slave trade since the 15th century.
- Wim van Binsbergen's writings on "African Religion: studies in anthropology and intercultural philosophy" Shikanda Portal (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Note: Many articles deal especially with religion and culture in Botswana, Guinea-Bissau, Tunisia, and Zambia.