Religion

Beyond belief: how powerful is religion in Africa?

Much academic and popular literature portrays Africans as more innately religious than other people. Ben Jones challenges this assumption. Citing his experience in Uganda and the work of other academics, he stresses the importance of looking beyond personal religiosity to the social institutions and wider cultural norms often present across the continent. In this way, religion in Africa is not reduced […]

October 8th, 2018|Featured, Society|0 Comments|

Weber’s puzzle: Why is Nigeria so religious, yet so poor?

If the German philosopher Max Weber is right about the causal link between religiosity and prosperity, the why, asks LSE’s Olu Fasan, is Nigeria so poor.

A few months ago, the popular American preacher TD Jakes came to the church I attend in London. Preaching on leadership and wealth, he said prayer is not leadership and not enough to make […]

August 23rd, 2018|Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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    On the Theologico-Theatrical: Explaining the Convergence of Pentecostalism and Popular Culture in Nigeria

On the Theologico-Theatrical: Explaining the Convergence of Pentecostalism and Popular Culture in Nigeria

As the supply of  ‘assurances of salvation’ in the Nigerian religious market exceeds supply, Pentecostal pastors are turning to popular culture to help expand their congregations, writes Ebenezer Obadare.

 

Dilemmas

Over time, Nigerian Pentecostalism has taken on many of the externalities of popular culture in Nigeria, creating a unique composite of spirituality and secular entertainment. This enfolding of Pentecostalism and popular […]

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    Mozambique’s insurgency: a new Boko Haram or youth demanding an end to marginalisation?

Mozambique’s insurgency: a new Boko Haram or youth demanding an end to marginalisation?

Joseph Hanlon argues that Mozambique’s new “Islamic” insurgency is about marginalised youth demanding to be heard, and therefore is similar to anti-establishment protest across the world.

 

Small groups have been raiding towns and villages in northeast coastal Mozambique in rapid hit-and-run attacks. Since October, more than 50 people have been killed – some decapitated with machetes. The army and riot […]

June 19th, 2018|Conflict, Featured|1 Comment|
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    From ‘saved’ to secularised: the challenges facing former LRA fighters after reintegration into their communities

From ‘saved’ to secularised: the challenges facing former LRA fighters after reintegration into their communities

While rehabilitating and reintegrating former LRA fighters, the international NGO World Vision emphasises Christian values of forgiveness. Despite this, few returnees remain ‘saved’ once they return to their communities. Dr Grace Akello investigates why this is the case, and what this means for reintegration programmes in the future.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of […]

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    Using Google Trends to Measure Ethnic and Religious Identity in sub-Saharan Africa: Potentials and Limitations

Using Google Trends to Measure Ethnic and Religious Identity in sub-Saharan Africa: Potentials and Limitations

Google Trends has already been used by social science researchers to measure racism within a community. In this article LSE’s Elliott Green demonstrates how this online tool is useful in measuring other personal attributes that can be challenging to assess.

 

One of the more interesting online tools that has become available to social science researchers in recent years is Google Trends (GT), […]

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    Book Review – Christianity, Modernity and Development by Paul Gifford

Book Review – Christianity, Modernity and Development by Paul Gifford

Liz Storer says this book highlights the connection between diverse forms of worship and developmental issues in sub-Saharan Africa.

In ‘Christianity, Modernity and Development’, Professor Paul Gifford marshalls his extensive experience of more than 30 years research in African churches and religious communities to open a conversation as to what exactly might constitute ‘African Christianity’ in contemporary times.

 

Gifford argues that at present, much writing on the […]

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    Book review: Religion, Tradition, and Restorative Justice in Sierra Leone (2017), by Lyn S. Graybill

Book review: Religion, Tradition, and Restorative Justice in Sierra Leone (2017), by Lyn S. Graybill

Dr Rosalind Coffey says Graybill’s book is a fascinating reminder of the dangers which can stem from regarding justice as immutable.

Lyn S. Graybill’s Religion, Tradition, and Restorative Justice in Sierra Leone asks how Sierra Leoneans put the pieces of shattered lives and relationships back together in the aftermath of the country’s brutal and protracted civil war.  It does so in […]

January 12th, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured|0 Comments|

Reading List: Most popular @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2017

It is that time of the year when we stop to take stock of the last 12 months and we are happy to present the best-read @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2016, as voted by you with your clicks. If you missed any of these, here is your opportunity to catch up!

Film Review: NGO – Nothing Going On -LSE […]

African Pentecostal churches in Britain’s urban spaces

Richard Burgess looks at a Nigerian Pentecostal church in the London borough of Islington and finds that the church’s ability to occupy a permanent and dedicated space has influenced its visibility in the public sphere.

Our Pentecostalism in Britain series is in collaboration with LSE’s Religion and the Public Sphere blog.

In recent decades, London’s religious landscape has undergone significant changes […]

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