Religious Authority and the State in Africa

Two important dynamics have driven political and social change in sub-Saharan Africa during the past 25 years. New religious trends have emerged within the main faiths of Islam and Christianity, in particular the emergence of more charismatic, assertive forms of religious expression. Meanwhile, political space has opened in scores of countries as one-party rule has given way to a process of democratization, yet to be completed. Based on their field work in each country, the authors of this volume examine the various ways in which religious actors have chosen to engage with the state. They also consider how governments and political actors respond to and seek to manage these interactions.


Richard Downie, Sebastian Elischer, M. Sani Umar, and David Throup