Building interfaith peace in Africa

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Religion is often blamed as the cause of conflicts in Africa, from the Central African Republic to Somalia. But Rev. Johnson Mbillah suggests a more nuanced cause: the religionization of politics and the politicization of religion.

In this talk, two eminent religious studies scholars share their thoughts on the causes of — and solutions to — religiously linked conflict and extremism in Africa.

Rev. Dr. Johnson Mbillah is the General Advisor for the Program for Christian Muslim Relations in Africa, also known as PROCMURA, an organization that has promoted Christian engagement with muslims for peace for more than 50 years. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and holds a doctorate In Islamic Studies from the University of Birmingham.

Dr. Esha Faki is a Lecturer of Islamic Studies at Maseno University, Kenya. She researches issues related to muslim women's rights and promotes those rights at a grassroots level in Kenya. She is also part of a working group with Peace for Life, a faith-based organization resisting militarised globalisation.

This is a selection of comments from a talk given by Esha and Johnson at an AfricaFiles event in Toronto earlier this month. Their comments have been edited and rearranged in some places. 

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