Publisher: Vernon Press

Initiators/Editors: 

  1. Prof. Charles Quist-Adade, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC, Canada
  2. Prof. De-Valera Botchway, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.
  3. Dr. Awo Abena Amoa Sarpong, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.

For this edited volume, we are hoping for a coherent ensemble of chapters presenting original research on the phenomenon of religious fundamentalism in Africa. The notions of religion and fundamentalism are a dangerous mix the world over.  Africa is no exception.  From Nigeria to Sudan, from Mali to the Gambia, Central African Republic, and from Egypt to Swaziland, religious fundamentalist-inspired conflicts have left in their trail death and destruction.  The most recent notorious religious conflicts are in Nigeria and Sudan.  According to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, “since 1999, a disturbingly large number of Nigerians, 12,000, if not more, have been killed in sectarian and communal attacks and reprisals between Muslims and Christians.”[1]

The fundamental belief that one religion or a sect in a religion or a society that identifies with a particular religious worldview has absolute knowledge of the absolute truth and therefore all other groups and sects must conform to the ways of that group has been a basic recipe for all sorts of antagonism and conflicts between religious groups and societies globally and in Africa. Whether produced by the pursuit of religious exclusivism or inclusivism or universalism, or fanned by doctrinal differences or political aims and goals, the antagonism has often yielded violence inspired by religious fundamentalism and aggression globally. The ramifications of religious fundamentalism in Africa are many and far reaching.

Thus, this volume aims to deliver fresh perspectives on this religious phenomenon as it has manifested and influenced lives and shaped society in Africa.  By combining international and interdisciplinary contributions the book seeks to congregate the composite analyses and documented experiences of religious fundamentalism in Africa recounted by scholars who focus on African society, culture, politics and history. It will investigate the plethora of ways that religious fundamentalism has negotiated, mediated, disturbed, deconstructed, or constructed social, political and economic canons and interactions across different times and spaces on the African continent.

The editors encourage contributors to submit works that are more inclined to the sociological and historical approaches of inquiry and analysis.The editors also seek works that approach the subject of religious fundamentalism in Africa from the interdisciplinary perspective.

It is envisaged that contributions for the chapters will be drawn from studies that look at broad subthemes that concern different aspects of religious fundamentalism in Africa.

The broad subthemes and areas which the editors are interested in include, but not limited to,

  • Sociological analysis of religion and society in Africa
  • Historical Exploration of Fundamentalism
  • The nexus of Philosophies of History and Religious Fundamentalism
  • What is Religious Fundamentalism?
  • Religious Fundamentalism in Africa – A General Overview
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Children in Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Human Rights and Responsibility in Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Women in Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Migration in Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Refugees in Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism in Africa and the Continental and International Media
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Heritage Sites and Conservation in Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Food Security in Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Indigenous African Spirituality and Worldview
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Politics in Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Sustainable Development in Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Globalization in Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism and the West in Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism and the Arab World in Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism Case Studies: North Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism Case Studies: East Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism Case Studies: West Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism Case Studies: Central Africa
  • Religious Fundamentalism Case Studies: South Africa

Important Dates:

  • Submission of abstracts and drafts: March to 15th May 2017.
  • Review of abstracts and papers: 15th May to July 2017
  • Editing and submission of First Draft: July to Mid August 2017
  • Submission of Final Draft: Mid August to September 2017
  • Papers go to the publisher: September to October 2017
  • Publication: November 2017

Only works which have not been published before will be considered. Each abstract will be reviewed by the editors, and the papers will go through a full peer review procedure. Submitted papers should be in Word, and saved as .DOC or .DOCX files. They should use footnotes and follow the Chicago or Harvard Styles of referencing. Use UK English spellings and punctuation except when quoting from a source that has used another English style. Provide translations (your own, or the standard, if there is a printed translation available) of all material in languages other than English. The translations should be incorporated into the text, following the foreign term or foreign selection.

Please submit a 400 word abstract, and your manuscript which should be between 7000 to 8000 words, and a 300-400 word academic biography including your qualifications, area(s) of interest and relevant recent publications as an email attachment with “Religious Fundamentalism Book” in the subject line to the editors:

All enquiries should also be directed to the editors via the email addresses provided above.

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[1] USCIRF Comment on State Dept. Religious Freedom Report http://www.uscirf.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2804 . Retrieved on March 2, 2015.


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