Christianity and Islam in Africa

September 11, 2012

Tuareg nomad in Timbuktu, Mali. Luc Gnago/Courtesy Reuters

The highly respected Pew Research Center has published a series of reports on religion that add to our knowledge about the subject in Africa. In 2010, it published a study titled “Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

The study noted that while sub-Saharan Africa has almost twice as many Christians as Muslims, on the entire African continent the two faiths are roughly balanced with 400 to 500 million followers each.

Since northern Africa is heavily Muslim and southern Africa is heavily Christian, the great meeting place is in the middle, a 4,500-mile swath from Somalia in the east to Senegal in the west. Click here to read the study on sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2011, the Pew Research Center published a report titled “Global Christianity: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population.” Click here to read the report.

The Pew Research Center’s most recent contribution appeared on 9 August 2012 and is titled “The World’s Muslims: Unity and Diversity.”

Click here to read the executive summary.

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