Intersection of Religion and Politics

Analyzing the evolving relationships between religious and political actors

The religion and politics project, supported by the Luce Foundation, explored the intersection of two important trends in Africa: first, new influences and dynamics within Christianity and Islam, the continent’s two dominant religions; and second, the expansion of democratization and broadening of political space. The project examined the interplay of these trends in six countries—Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda—and considered the implications of religious activism for democratic discourse, for constituency mobilization, and national cohesion.