Religion's Role in Africa Research Paper by ABCs

Religion's Role in Africa
A review of the role of religion in societal development in Africa today.
# 111386 | 4,165 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jan 20, 2009 in Ethnic Studies (Africa) , History (African) , Religion and Theology (General)

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The paper notes that societies, like those of Africa, have been the target of religious indoctrination into monotheism from what was previously a pagan society. The paper comments that in Africa, we find that a blending of paganism and monotheism continues to evolve the culture. The paper highlights that we have an opportunity to observe Africa's clashing cultures, paganism and monotheism, and we can see emerging from that clash, a changing social landscape. Focusing on West Africa, the paper examines that changing landscape, in order to understand what the role of religion amidst this clash is in West Africa today.

West Africa - A Brief History
The Developmental Impact of Islam and Christianity in West Africa

From the Paper:

"For centuries, West Africa's coast and rivers have been accessible as routes of trade, including slave trade. This means that as monotheism, and more notably Christianity and Islam, spread throughout the world, West Africa was accessible to both from virtually all directions. By the time Europeans thought to introduce Christianity to West Africa, the areas that constitute West Africa had already received Islam. Like the rest of Africa, West Africa was colonized by European powers, and France represented the greatest presence in West Africa . By 1946, the move for emancipation was prevalent across the African continent. West Africa was, like its neighbors, slowly freed of European imperialism. However, there remained in West Africa the residual social infrastructure of the European experience in, among other things, Christianity."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adebajo, Adekeye. Building Peace in West Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2002. Questia. 17 May 2008 <>.
  • Arnfred, Signe, ed. Re-Thinking Sexualities in Africa. Uppsala: Nordic African Institute, 2004. Questia. 17 May 2008 <>.
  • Bascom, William. Ifa Divination: Communication between Gods and Men in West Africa. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1969. Questia. 17 May 2008 <>.
  • Chafer, Tony. The End of Empire in French West Africa : France's Successful Decolonization? /. New York: Berg, 2002. Questia. 17 May 2008 <>.
  • Church, R. J. Harrison. West Africa: A Study of the Environment and of Man's Use of It. 2nd ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1968. Questia. 17 May 2008 <>.

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