Religion in Africa on the Internet

General Resources & Current News on Religion in Africa

Christianity in Africa

  • 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)
    • The official website of this international "ecumenical" Christian organization, with membership in 39 African countries.
    • "Peace and Reconciliation in Africa: A Preliminary Survey of Ecumenical Perspectives and Initiatives" by Harold F. Miller (1993). Mennonite Central Committee occasional paper; 19. (Akron, Pennsylvania)
      A research paper about the AACC's conflict resolution activities in the 1980s and early 1990s. See also: Occasional Papers Series by MCC authors.
  • 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.
  • Catholic University of Eastern Africa: Hekima review. (Online) -- Nairobi, Kenya: Hekima University College, 1988-
    "...a forum for the development of African Christian Theology and Peace studies."
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)
    [Launched in March 1999] " a regional ecumenical organization seeking to provide a platform for sharing perspectives on issues of common concern, particularly regarding peace building and conflict transformation in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa region."
    --See especially: FECCLAHA Reports
  • (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).
  • 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."
  • 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)
  • University of South Africa: Research Institute for Theology and Religion--Publications UNISA Institutional Repository (Pretoria, South Africa)

Islam in Africa



  • "Muslim Scholars in Africa" -- Web Dossier and Bibliography (April 2015) Library, Documentation, and Information Department, Afrikastudiecentrum=African Studies Centre, Leiden University. (The Netherlands)
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Smithsonian Institution: "African Muslims in Early America" Collection Stories (Washington, DC)
  • Université Islamique au Niger (Say, Niger)
    "...affiliée àl'Organisation de Coopération Islamique (O.C.I.), l'université fut créée en 1974."
    --Veuillez voir le site en arabe. Remarquez: la plupart des informations utiles sur l'université est en arabe. Les pages françaises sont en construction.
  • Islam in Nigeria
  • Northwestern University: Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA) (Evanston, Illinois)
  • The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life -- Muslims in Africa
  • 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
  • Sankore Institute of African Islamic Studies International (Shaykh Muhammad Shareef, USA and Nigeria)
    This site offers interpretive historical summaries on Islam in Africa and free downloads of selected works in English translation. "....conceived December 15, the result of conversations between the present Sultan of Maiurno al-Hajj Abu Bakr ibn Muhammad ibn Bello Maiurno ibn Attahiru ibn Ahmad Zuruku ibn Abu Bakr Attiku ibn Shehu Uthman Dan Fodio, our shaykh, Imam Muhammad al-Amin ibn Adam Karagh, Ahmad Abideen Hassan and the founding director Muhammad collect the Arabic and Ajami manuscripts of the Sokoto Caliphate from northern Nigeria and convey them to the town of Maiurno in order to be edited and republished...To date SIIASI has collected 3000 Arabic manuscripts and 123 Ajami manuscripts (Fulbe’, Hausa, Wolof and Mande’). Of these, more than 89 have been translated and published by the institute."
  • Islam in Senegal
  • Sharia Debates in Africa -- Research Project (2011) (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.
  • Islam in South Africa
  • 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)
      An international NGO founded by Cheikh Imam Hassan Cissé (1945-2008), grandson of El Hadj Ibrahima Niasse of Senegal. See also: Noor Ala Noor -- Home Page of the AAII in Detroit, Michigan
    • 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 and La Fayda
      • Faydatidianiya: La Creme des Tassawuf (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.
      • Houda (Assidqi wa Sadiqin, Dakar, Sénégal)
        ***Remarquez: depuis le 6 avril 2018, ce site n'était pas en ligne.
        "Assidqi Wa Sadiqin est une Fédération regroupant l'ensemble des 'Massalik' (Sections) formées par ses membres aussi bien à Dakar, au Sénégal, qu'ailleurs dans le monde...en Gambie, Mauritanie, Cameroun, France, Espagne, Italie, Suisse, Angleterre, Usa et Canada."
      • Raabitatou Diwanoul Anrifina--Facebook (Dakar, Senegal)
  • 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."
  • West African Arabic Manuscript Project & Database (Prof. Charles C. Stewart and Bruce Stewart Hall, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois)
    A catalog of West African Arabic manuscript collections from Kano--Nigeria at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), from Ségou (Mali) at La Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris), in Boutilimit and Nouakchott--Mauritania, Timbuctu--Mali, and Niamey--Niger. The database is searchable in English or in Arabic.



    Judaism in Africa

    • 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
      • Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews (Jerusalem, Israel)
        This non-profit organization, founded in 1969, advocates for and promotes the "absorption and integration" of Ethiopian immigrants in Israeli society. See also, the main site in Hebrew.
      • North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry A non-profit aid organization since 1982. (New York)
    • 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