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Côte d’Ivoire
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The origins of Ivorian Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity may be traced back to the Liberian Episcopalian evangelist William Wadé Harris (1860‒1929), who toured the country with a gospel of modernity and prosperity in 1913‒14, converting more than a hundred thousand Africans. Classic Pentecostal churches such as the Assemblies of God and the evangelical Christian and Missionary Alliance spread from the 1930s. The Harrist church was soon followed by other prophetic movements, which have held a prominent place in the Ivorian religious land…

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N'Guessan, Konstanze, “Côte d’Ivoire”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 09 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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