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Christian-Muslim relations in modern sub-Saharan Africa
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The encounter between Islam and Christianity in modern sub-Saharan Africa has varied widely and substantially. The first contact between Christians and Muslims on African soil was peaceful, but, after followers of Muḥammad found refuge in Axum (in northern Ethiopia) about 615 CE, the Arab conquest of North Africa in the first/seventh century was accompanied by violent confrontations, although many Christians welcomed Muslim rule. The virtual disappearance of Christianity from the Sudan and the Maghrib co…

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Hock, Klaus, “Christian-Muslim relations in modern sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 15 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_25507>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 9789004335714, 2017, 2017-2



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