Centuries before the colonisers came, Christianity and Islam seeded a rich and ancient lineage in Africa

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Opinion

22 December 2019 – 00:00 By TRISTEN TAYLOR

Every so often, a strange notion about religion in Africa comes forth: that neither Christianity nor Islam are African.

The thinking is that colonialists and Arabs brought these religions to Africa, converted Africans and thus mentally enslaved them with foreign ideas. Only by returning to “traditional” African belief systems can Africans be free, so the thinking goes…

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