Across diverse countries and contexts in Africa, religion has direct implications for human security. While some individuals and groups seek to manipulate and control through the deployment of religion, religious belief is also a common facet of those working towards peace and reconciliation. Despite the strategic importance of religion to human security in Africa, there are few contemporary publications that explore this issue on an international scale. This volume redresses that imbalance by examining religion’s impact on human security across Africa.

Written by an international team of contributors, this book looks in detail at the intersection of religion and security in a variety of African contexts. Case studies from a diverse set of countries including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Burkina Faso, and more, are used to illustrate wider trends across the continent. Acknowledging that religion can be used to incite violence as well as encourage peace, the chapters employ an interdisciplinary exploration of the ethics, sociology, and politics around these issues.

This is much needed volume on religion’s capacity to effect human security. It will, therefore, be of significant interest to any scholar of religious studies, African studies, political science, the sociology of religion, and anthropology, as well as peace, conflict, and reconciliation studies.

chapter |16 pages


chapter 1|17 pages

Is the rise of religion a curse/cause of war?

The political economy of religious conflicts in Africa

chapter 2|14 pages

Religious violence in contemporary Nigeria

Implications and options for peace and stability

chapter 3|15 pages

The religion-humanity nexus

The Ghanaian situation

chapter 4|16 pages

Peace in the Land of Upright People

Religion and violence in Burkina Faso

chapter 5|23 pages

Political and ethnic identity in violent conflict

The case of the Central African Republic

chapter 6|12 pages

Securitising places of worship in Kenya

The case of Faith Evangelistic Ministry (FEM)

chapter 11|20 pages

Hope in a pseudo spirituality of democracy in South Africa

Religion and human security in troubling contexts

chapter 13|14 pages

Enhancing Missio-Ecclesia

Religion and human security in Zambia

chapter 14|13 pages

Examining Pastor Evan Mawarire’s #ThisFlag movement in Zimbabwe

Implications for understanding religion and human security