Patterns of Christian-Muslim Encounter in Africa

The course will trace the history of Christian-Muslim encounters in Africa

  • the first encounter in 615 in Abyssinia, present-day Ethiopia,

  • the early Muslim conquests of North Africa including Nubia,

  • the arrival of the Portuguese and the military confrontations in Ethiopia in the sixteenth century,

  • European (colonial and missionary) encounters with Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa,

  • nineteenth and twentieth century African Christian and Muslim interactions.


The political and theological import and implications of the encounters will be explored, and contemporary Christian approaches to Islam and Muslims examined.   

This course is developed in partnership with The Sanneh Institute, Accra, Ghana.

 " . . a scholarly community dedicated to the equipping and resourcing of religious leaders, scholars, academic institutions and wider African society through advanced inquiry. Deeply rooted in our traditions, we seek to inspire intellectual curiosity in the religious and non-religious other by fulfilling our commitment through research, translation work, publications, education, and engagement. In its activities, including seminars, conferences and workshops, The Sanneh Institute strives for academic excellence as a tribute to God and in service to African society."

Above:  Rev Dr John Azumah is the founding executive director of The Sanneh Institute

Below:  The vision statement of The Sanneh Institute