The Project

The African Christian and Muslim Reflections

History

2010, The African Christian and Islam Project

In July 2010  delegates from 27 African countries met in Accra, Ghana for the first conference “held within Africa to focus solely on the relationship of the African Christian with Islam”. It was a milestone in reflections about Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa, with the participation of the late African Scholar of Gambian origin, Lamin Sanneh, the then the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity at Yale Divinity School. The conference was chaired by Abuja (Nigeria) Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan. Dr. John Azumah, then director of the Centre for Islamic Studies of the London School of Theology (UK) initiated The African Christian and Islam Project. It was a search for a critical African Christian approach to Islam, a “theological and biblical engagement with Muslims in light of Africa, the collective African experience and heritage”. The objective of the project was to examine the various ways in which African Christians have encountered, responded to and engaged with Islam and Muslims over the years with the view of gaining insights and learning lessons for a much more biblically, theologically and missiologically sound ways of engagement in the contemporary African context. The project organized 2 conferences (Accra 2010 and Nigeria 2012) and published one book, The African Christian and Islam (Carlisle, Cumbria, U.K.: Langham Monographs, 2013), edited by J. Azumah and L. Sanneh. 

2020, The African Christian and Muslim Reflections Project

Ten years The African Christian and Islam project turned into The African Christian and Muslim Reflections project under the coordination of two African scholars: Moussa Serge Traore from Burkina Faso and Omar Sillah from Gambia. Father Moussa Serge Traore is a Catholic Missionary Priest of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa, a Catholic religious order dedicated to Christian-Muslim relations. He holds a M.A in Religious and Cultural Studies from the Institute of the Studies of Religions and Cultures of Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome, Italy). Omar Sillah is a Muslim scholar, PhD in International Relations, Multi-faith & Multi-cultural Coexistence: Peace, Security & Conflict Resolution from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Rome, Italy). Fr. Moussa Serge Traore was part of The African Christian and Islam Project. Together they envisaged a more dialogical project with African muslim scholars

Coordinators of the project

Moussa Serge Traore, M.A

Burkina Faso

M.A Studies of Religions and Cultures, specialization Islam, Institute for the Study of Religions and Cultures-Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy.

Omar Sillah, PhD

Gambia

PhD in International Relations, Multi-faith & Multi-cultural Coexistence: Peace, Security & Conflict Resolution., Pontifical University of St. Thomas, Rome, Italy.

Who can be members of the project?

  • Africans
  • Scholar (Master and Doctorate) 
  • interested in Christian-Muslim Relations, Islamic Studies, Study of Christianity
  • No membership fee

Partner Institutions

  • The Sanneh Institute (Ghana)

Research questions

  • What could be an African Islamic understanding of Christianity?
  • What could be an African Christian understanding of Islam?
  • What could be a specific African perspective on Christian-Muslim Relations?
  • what are Africans Scholars specific reflections on themes related to Christian-Muslim Relations? (like Muslim-Christian Marriage…)
  • What could be an Afro-Christiano-Muslim perspective on Africa’s original Religions

Objetive

  • The specific contribution of African scholars in the field of Christian-Muslim Studies
  • A search for a specific African perspective on Christian-Muslim Relations
  • To promote African scholars in the field of study of religious coexistence in Africa
  • To promote academic research by Africans in the field of Christianity and Islam in Africa and Africa’s original religions
  • To promote and deepen Muslim-Christian understanding 

Publications

  • Books on specific themes: academic papers by African scholars.
  • Academic articles

Activities

  • Site (Book review, Non-published academic reflections, Presentation of our publications, on-line resources: bibliography, thesis, manuscripts…)
  • Conference
  • Book

Funding 

  • Free donation from benefactors
  • The conferences and publications will be presented to international funding agencies
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