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Africa II: Central and Southern Africa
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1. Unlike Northern Africa, where Islam is the predominant religion, Africa south of the Sahara is mainly Christian. The process of the Christianization of Africa can be divided into four phases, of which the first, that of late antiquity, was limited to Northern Africa ( Africa I).

Portuguese; the Catholic Mission

2. a) The second phase of Christianization—this time south of the Sahara—occurred …

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Adogame, Afe, “Africa II: Central and Southern Africa”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 20 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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