Patterns of Christian-Muslim Encounter in Africa


Course leader:  Dr John Azumah

Lectures will be entirely conducted via zoom in a weekly two-hourly sessions with 10mins break in-between over 12-weeks period. Lessons are scheduled for Fridays from 2.00pm – 4.00pm GMT beginning on September 10th and ending on December 10th, 2021. 

Email Emmanuel Kwame Tettey, for details.

This first part traces 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 second part will explore political and theological import and implications of the encounters, and contemporary Christian approaches to Islam and Muslims examined.   

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

Below:  The vision statement of The Sanneh Institute

This course is taught by 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."