Members of Center for Global Christianity and Mission Offer Tribute to Lamin Sanneh, Leading Expert on Christianity and Islam in Africa

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January 8th, 2019

January 6, 2019 – Lamin Sanneh, the Gambian scholar who shaped contemporary discourse around World Christianity and missions in Africa, died Sunday at age 76. Two members of the School of Theology’s Center for Global Christianity and Mission (CGCM) offered remembrances to Sanneh, who over his 30-year career at Yale Divinity School he drew a global network around his scholarship in the fields of abolitionism, African history, and Christian-Muslim relations. 

Professor Lamin Sanneh was a giant in the field of World Christianity. His loss sends a tidal wave across multiple fields, institutions, and continents,” said Dana Robert, director of the CGCM. “He will be sorely missed by those of us who worked with him and called him friend, as well as by people who knew him only from his powerful writings.”

Director of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography at the CGCM, Jonathan Bonk, also offered words of reflection for Sanneh’s life and work. “He was gripped by the phenomenon of contemporary Christianity as a primarily non-Western religion. He became one of the best informed and most trusted interpreters of world Christianity and Islam of his generation.” 

Please read the full article remembering Lamin Sanneh’s life and work here. 


This post has been updated as of January 13 to include a new article on Lamin Sanneh’s life in the Washington Post. Dr. Dana Robert was quoted in this article as well.