ABOUT THE RESEARCH AREA

Christian-Muslim relations in Africa (defined geographically for our purposes as south of the Sahara desert) are as complex and as interesting as one would imagine. Across the continent there are instances of co-operation and collaboration as well as situations of high-tension and conflict. Each region, and indeed each country has its own contextual complexities.

Interested in doing research in this area or simply want to know more? Contact Dr. John Chesworth with ‘Research Query’ in the subject line.

THE NEED

What is the Need?

With rising conflicts in Nigeria and Mali; on-going debates in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda about the legal status of Khadi Courts, research in this area is as timely as it is dynamic. Achieving peaceful and productive Muslim-Christian relations will be crucial in determining the development prospects for the region, economically, politically and socially.

THE METHOD

What is the Method?

Extensive data collection used to shape an accurate understanding and analysis of the current situation. This includes:

  • The collecting and collating of news reports from mainstream news agencies, regional and international; as well as from other research centres such as the Pew Forum;
  • Literature studies of original documents and literature, as well as other scholarly works on the region and related themes;
  • ‘On-the-ground’ updates from associates and contacts living and working in the region.

THE OUTPUT

What is the desired output?

As a result of our on-going research in this area, we aim to produce a range of published and accessible scholarship, including:

  • Academic articles;
  • Conference/symposia papers;
  • Book chapters;
  • Blog posts; and
  • Upon request, advisory briefing papers.

Staff at CMCS are also willing to mentor and/or supervise work in this area at post-graduate and post-doctoral levels.