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Pentecostalism and Politics in Africa

  • Adeshina Afolayan
  • Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
  • Toyin Falola


  • Examines the complex relationship between Pentecostalism and African states

  • Covers a range of significant issues in contemporary African life, including racism, citizenship, fundamentalism, entrepreneurship, gender, and democratization

  • Offers useful theoretical frameworks for making sense of African Pentecostalism

  • Suggests new directions for research on Pentecostalism, as well as religion and comparative African politics more broadly


Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Adeshina Afolayan, Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, Toyin Falola
      Pages 3-23
  3. Pentecostalism and Society in Africa

  4. Pentecostalism and/as Politics in Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, Rachael O. Iyanda
      Pages 303-319
    3. Afolarin Olutunde Ojewole, Efe Monday Ehioghae
      Pages 321-341

About this book


As the epicenter of Christianity has shifted towards Africa in recent decades, Pentecostalism has emerged as a particularly vibrant presence on the continent. This collection of essays offers a groundbreaking study of the complex links between politics and African Pentecostalism. Situated at the intersection between the political, the postcolonial, and global neoliberal capitalism, contributors examine the roots of the Pentecostal movement’s extraordinary growth; how Pentecostalism intervenes in key social and political issues, such as citizenship, party politics, development challenges, and identity; and conversely, how politics in Africa modulate the Pentecostal movement. Pentecostalism and Politics in Africa offers a wide-ranging picture of a central dimension of postcolonial African life, opening up new directions for future research.


Pentecostalism in Africa Pentecostalism in Nigeria Pentecostal movement in Africa political spirituality Pentecostal theology Christianity in Africa postcolonial development in Africa Religious fundamentalism Faith Evangelistic Ministries Pentecostal Panopticism Pentecostal Political Philosophy global Pentecostalism African traditional religions William Seymour ecumenism inter-faith dialogue neoliberalism African Traditional Religions prosperity gospel

Editors and affiliations

  • Adeshina Afolayan
    • 1
  • Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
    • 2
  • Toyin Falola
    • 3
  1. 1.University of IbadanIbadanNigeria
  2. 2.Babcock UniversityIlishan-RemoNigeria
  3. 3.University of TexasAustin, TXUSA

About the editors

Adeshina Afolayan teaches philosophy at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso is Associate Professor of Political Science at Babcock University, Nigeria.

Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair Professor in the Humanities and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pentecostalism and Politics in Africa
  • Editors Adeshina Afolayan
    Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
    Toyin Falola
  • Series Title African Histories and Modernities
  • Series Abbreviated Title African Histories and Modernities
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-74910-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09102-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-74911-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 433
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics African History
    African Politics
    Politics and Religion
    Political History
    African Culture
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“This remarkable collection of nineteen essays aims at widening perspectives on the socio-political profiles of the Pentecostal movement in sub-Saharan Africa. … The editors have put together a strong palimpsest of case-studies on Pentecostal notions and practices of politics placing the theme centre-stage in further Pentecostal studies and making it a useful reference source.” (Andreas Heuser, PentecoStudies, Vol. 19 (2), 2020)