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Title:The Domestication of Islam and Christianity in African Societies
Author:Sanneh, Lamin O.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic term:Africa
African religions
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
interreligious relations
Abstract:Islam and Christianity in Africa are examined on their responsiveness to Africa's religious traditions and the underlying African religious world view. From this methodological exploration emerge several facts: Reform in Islam has always been on the basis of an uncompromising repudiation of the African religious heritage without any attempt to allow a margin of interface. In Christianity reform or renewal has been on the basis of discovering and revitalizing African cultural and religious elements. African control of Islamic religious institutions does not appear to have secured a favourable attitude towards African traditions, although African reformers, in contrast to their pronouncements, continued to lean heavily on the traditional heritage. By contrast the prominence given to missionary agents in Christianity has had the ironic effect of producing an acute awareness of the cultural underpinning of the faith, including prompt attention to a scientific, systematic documentation of local languages and the primary need of scriptural translations into these languages. This indigenization in the church came to mean handing over Christian institutions to local leadership.