Global and development-related research
UiB Global seminar

Global reform movements in Christianity and Islam

Comparing Pentecostalism and Salafism in Africa and Latin America


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Anne Bang, AHKR/SMI and Hans Geir Aasmundsen, UiB Global

In this seminar we present a comparative study, in progress, where we investigate the interplay between religious and social change. The focus is on religious reform within Islam (Salafism) and Christianity (Pentecostalism) in Africa and Latin America. These are regions that are experiencing widespread political changes, societal transformations and religious ferment.

We take as a starting point that reformists of both religions share a common vision – and that this has observable effects in the empirical reality. We target three main fields of comparison: 1) reform as individual and communal transformation; 2) education as crucial for recruiting and training followers; 3) the urgency of mission/daʿwa.

All are welcome!