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Christian-Muslim Relations and State Formation in West Africa

christian-and-muslim-leaders-in-nigeriaMany emerging countries in postcolonial West Africa have found themselves at the center of Christian-Muslim interactions in the contemporary world. Nimi Wariboko‘s new piece, “Christian-Muslim Relations and the Ethos of State Formation in West Africa” in Evelyn A. Reisacher (ed.), Dynamics of the Muslim Worlds: Regional, Theological, and Theological Perspectives (Downers Groove, IL: IVP Academic 2017), explores the ways in which such state formation is both shaped by and shapes (sometimes coopting for the state’s own ends) dynamics between these two religious communities.


17th Century African Christian Queen Njinga

heywood-e1442331203719European powers expanding into southwest Africa in the 17th century confronted a cunning and capable leader in Queen Njinga. Linda Heywood has been uncovering the story of this complex figure, teasing out how she ruled and what role her faith played in her kingdom. Most recently, she gave lectures on the subject in London and Bristol, England, as she draws closer to the publication of Njinga, History, Memory, and Politics and Culture: Angola and the African Diaspora. This fall, Haywood will lecture on Queen Njinga at the Library of Congress on November 9th and again on December 14th at the Mariners’ Museum.

Biography in Latin American Pentecostalism

angel_santiago_vendrellIn his recent bookTales of Mutual Influence: Biography as Missiology in Latin American Pentecostalism,  Angel D. Santiago-Vendrell (BuSTH alumnus and professor of evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary) explores the role of biography in the Pentecostal missionary endeavor in Latin America. Following the movement across the 20th century, Santiago-Vendrell describes its journey beginning with early American missionaries, its transmission in Latin America, and then its return to the United States through Latino/a migrant communities.

The Beginning of the East African Revival

Yosiya Kinuka driving a motorcycle

The spirituality of the East African Revival took a distinctive shape in its early years. In a recently published article in the International Bulletin of Mission Research on “The Conversion of Yosiya Kinuka and the Beginning of the East African Revival,Daewon Moon argues that the revivalist spirituality was prompted by the conversion of Yosiya Kinuka, an African member of the Ruanda Mission medical staff. Highlighting the African initiative in the revival, this article critically assesses previous historical analyses of religious conversion in the colonial context and argues that the conversion of Kinuka served as an archetype that shaped the character of the revival as primarily a conversionist movement.

Torbet Prize for Best Essay in Any Area of Baptist History

The American Baptist Historical Society is receiving submissions for the Torbet Prize. The winner will receive $500 and have his or her paper published in the American Baptist Quarterly. No submission may already be published elsewhere, it should be 25 pages or less in length (excluding notes), and written in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. Entries can be sent before September 1, 2017 to:

American Baptist Historical Society
Mercer University
3001 Mercer University Dr.
Atlanta, GA  30341

Electronic submissions are to be sent to


Missions, Religion, and Culture

Brazilian scholars Carlos André Silva de Moura, Eliane Moura da Silva, and Harley Abrantes Moreira, have recently edited a volume on Missões, Religião e Cultura. The volume consists of two roughly equal parts. The first section examines Catholic missions, administration, and intellectuals. The latter portion is devoted to Catholic and Protestant missions in Brazil, Angola, and Mozambique. The introduction frames the volume with an essay by Dana Robert, “World Christianity as a Women’s Movement,” now translated into Portuguese.

Call for Abstracts: Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society

The study of religion is at a turning point, along with religion itself. This book will capitalise on the emergence of a new paradigm, which considers religion in the 21st century as globally interconnected and mediated by new geopolitical and market logics. This is a Call for Abstracts to contribute to the Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society (target publication: 2018).  We are particularly interested in contributions from early career scholars from around the world.

This volume will showcase new approaches to religion, which work across boundaries of religious tradition, academic discipline, and region.

For more information, please refer to the attached overview for details.  You may send your proposed title, abstract (no more than 500 words), name, and affiliation to Jayeel Cornelio ( by July 15, 2017.

We’d like to ask for your help to circulate this call among your networks.

Thank you very much.

The Editors: Jayeel Serrano Cornelio (Ateneo de Manila), François Gauthier (Université de Fribourg), Tuomas Martikainen (Migration Institute of Finland) and Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University)

Religion in Global Society Call for Abstract (Final May 2017)