The African Christian and Muslim Reflections

The general perception of Christian-Muslim relations in Africa suggests that Christian and Muslim relations have been more harmonious in the continent than elsewhere in the world. This success story, according to Lissi Rasmussen, derives its weight from the fact that many African families are multi-religious and that Muslims and non-Muslims remain strongly committed to their ethnic identities despite religious differences. Lamin Sanneh, on his part, saw this harmony, and further possibilities of it in the future, as arising from the influence of the African culture on these religious groups and on their relations. He remarks:

The fact is that Christian and Muslim Africa is for the most
part enfolded within the larger setting of the old Africa, with
its deep-rooted hospitality, tolerance, and generosity and it
would be surprising if nothing of that admirable heritage did
not survive in the new religions

(Uchendu, Egodi. “Negotiating relationships in a mixed religious society: Islam among the Igbo of Southeast Nigeria.” Journal of Third World Studies, vol. 28, no. 2, 2011, p. 207+)

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