New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa
Fig. 1. New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa. Courtesy of Indiana University Press, 2014.

Indiana University Press publishes a new book titled "New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa" edited by Rosalind I. J. Hackett and Benjamin F. Soares.

Publication Data

Hackett, Rosalind I. J. & Soares, Benjamin F. (Eds.). New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa. Indiana University Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-253-01524-2.


New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa casts a critical look at Africa's rapidly evolving religious media scene. Following political liberalization, media deregulation, and the proliferation of new media technologies, many African religious leaders and activists have appropriated such media to strengthen and expand their communities and gain public recognition. Media have also been used to marginalize and restrict the activities of other groups, which has sometimes led to tension, conflict, and even violence. Showing how media are rarely neutral vehicles of expression, the contributors to this multidisciplinary volume analyze the mutual imbrications of media and religion during times of rapid technological and social change in various places throughout Africa.

Table of Contents

Introduction: New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa
Part I. “Old” Media: Print and Radio
1. A History of Sauti ya Mvita (“Voice of Mombasa”): Radio, Public Culture, and Islam in Coastal Kenya, 1947-1966
2. Between Standardization and Pluralism: The Islamic Printing Market and its Social Spaces in Bamako, Mali
3. Binary Islam: Media and Religious Movements in Nigeria
4. Muslim Community Radio Stations: Constructing and Shaping Identities in a Democratic South Africa
Part II. New Media and Media Worlds
5. Mediating Transcendence: Popular Film, Visuality, and Religious Experience in West Africa
6. The Heart of Man: Pentecostalist Emotive Style in and beyond Kinshasa’s Media World
7. Islamic Communication and Mass Media in Cameroon
8. “We Are on the Internet:” Contemporary Pentecostalism in Africa and the New Culture of Online Religion
9. Conveying Islam: Arab Islamic Satellite Channels as New Players
10. Religious Discourse in the New Media: A Case Study of Pentecostal Discourse Communities of SMS Users in South-western Nigeria
Part III. Arenas of Exchange, Competition, and Conflict
11. Media Afrikania: Styles and Strategies of Representing “Afrikan Traditional Religion” in Ghana
12. Senwele Jesu: Gospel Music and Religious Publics in Nigeria
13. Managing Miracles: Ambiguities in the Regulation of Religious Broadcasting in Nigeria
14. Living across Digital Landscapes: Muslims, Orthodox Christians, and an Indian Guru in Ethiopia
15. Zulu Dreamscapes: Senses, Media, and Authentication in Contemporary Neo-shamanism 

About the Authors

Rosalind I. J. Hackett is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is author of Displacing the State: Religion and Conflict in Neoliberal Africa. She is President of the International Association for the History of Religions.

Benjamin F. Soares is an anthropologist and Chair of the research staff at the Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden, The Netherlands. He is author of Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a Malian Town.

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