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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Religious Situation in West Africa
Author:Parrinder, E.G.ISNI
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:West Africa
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/718435
Abstract:The author, who quotes from the writing of other authors gives an account of the relative strength of the various currents of religion in West Africa. Those who still follow the ancient religion of traditional Africa are still very numerous. The idea of the supreme God is a link between old polytheism and Islam or Christianity. Islam is at least the second, perhaps the most important factor in West African religious and social life. Islam dominates almost the whole of the interior and Sudanese areas of West Africa, and it has made much progress in some of the coastal areas, notably in Western Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Senegal. It has had little effect upon Eastern Nigeria, the South of Dahomey and Ghana, and the Southern Ivory Coast. The main centers of Christian activity are in the coastal regions.