CHRISTIAN RELATIONS WITH ISLAM AND AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS IN WEST AFRICA (c.1500 TO THE PRESENT)
AbstractThe relations between the various Christian denominations in West-Africa and official Christian-Muslim relations have changed noticeably in recent times. The pre-colonial and colonial periods as well as the post-independence era is discussed with a view to establishing trends in this regard. In spite of clear universalistic and sometimes expansionist policies and aims, there are trends in Christian and Muslim circles in West-Africa towards greater co-operation than ever before. Limiting factors are described to be unfair competition and discrimination in social life rather than doctrine. In spite of a history of positing a diametrical opposition between the African and Christian belief systems, both Islam and Christianity have probably been domesticated rather than supplanting the traditional views. Some account is given of the process whereby Christian churches have recently stated regarding traditional views with greater tolerance and respect.
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