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Sub-Saharan Africa

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Sub-Saharan Africa, also labeled as Africa south of the Sahara or Tropical Africa, represents countries of predominantly black indigenous population that are not often considered within the geographical ambit of North Africa. The sub-Saharan Africa context seems to have produced the most profound religious vitality, with interaction of the various indigenous religions with Christianity, Islam and other eastern- and western-related religious movements producing new religious constellations that have attracted more scholarly attention than anywhere else on the continent. Muslims from sub-Saharan Africa appear marginal both within the specific context of the African Muslim immigrant community and the larger Islamic communities in diaspora. Local and global religious networks are assuming importance for religions both in Africa and the diaspora. The range and nature of these intra- and inter-religious networks include new ecumenical affiliations, pastoral exchanges, prayer networks, financial support, special events, and conferences.

Keywords: Christianity; Islam; Muslim; religious networks; Sub-saharan Africa



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