n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The African diaspora and the shaping of Christianity in Africa : perspectives on religion, migration, identity and collaboration

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The concept of diaspora is one of the most inspiring research topics in the context of globalisation, particularly with regard to the past forced exile of Africans, ensuing institutional racism and a contemporary accelerated intercontinental African migration to the northern hemisphere. Studies in anthropology and sociology of religion speak of 'religions on the move', or the process of transmigration and transculturation, as it refers to the interchange and mutual influence of movements. Religion plays a significant role in the spiritual and socio-political survival of a people and the construction and reconstruction of identities. This is explored in four directions:

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