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A History of Christianity in Africa: From Antiquity to the Present [Paperback]

By Elizabeth Isichei (Author)
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Isichei's thorough study surveys the full breadth of Christianity in Africa, from the early story of Egyptian Christianity to the churches of the Middle Years (1500-1800) to the prolific success of missions throughout the 1900s. This important book fills a conspicuous void of scholarly works on Africa's Christian history. Includes 26 maps.

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This unprecedented work is the first one-volume study of the history of Christianity in Africa. Written by Elizabeth Isichei, a leading scholar in this field, A History of Christianity in Africa examines the origins and development of Christianity in Africa from the early story of Egyptian Christianity to the spectacular growth, vitality, and diversity of the churches in Africa today. Isichei opens with the brilliance of Christianity in Africa in antiquity and shows how Christian Egypt and North Africa produced some of the most influential intellects of the time. She then discusses the churches founded in the wake of early contacts with Europe, from the late fifteenth century on, and the unbroken Christian witness of Coptic Egypt and of Ethiopia. Isichei also examines the different types of Christianity in modern Africa and shows how social factors have influenced its development and expression. With the explosive growth of Christianity now taking place in Africa and the increasingly recognized significance of African Christianity, this much-needed book fills the void in scholarly works on that continent's Christian past, also foreshadowing Christian Africa's influential future.

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  • Booklist - 04/01/1995 page 1358

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   420
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.38" Width: 5.75" Height: 1.07"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 22, 1995
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802808433  
ISBN13  9780802808431  

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Elizabeth Isichei taught at African Universities for 16 years, nine of which were spent as Professor of History at the University of Jos, Nigeria. She is currently Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has written many titles on African history and religion, including The Ibo People and the Europeans (Faber, 1973), A History of Christianity in Africa (SPCK/Eerdman, 1995) and Voices of the Poor in Africa (Univ. of Rochester Press, 2002).

Elizabeth Isichei has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Otago, New Zealand.

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2Books > Subjects > History > Africa
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A truly enormous story  Jan 5, 2008
Isichei conveys one of the most dramatic stories of recent history. It is a gigantic tale of passion and creativity, as African Christians claimed independence from colonial churches, launched a myriad of indiginized "new religions", and formed the largest movements of popular Christianity in the modern world.


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