Evolving relations between religion and politics in the Horn of Africa: media use and public identity discourse of religious communities/elites in Northeast Africa

The huge wooden mosque of the Muslim ‘monastery’ (Sufi center) of Tiru-Sina, WälloThis is a study of the evolving public role of religion in societies in the Horn of Africa, and the tenuous relations or religious communities/elites with state politics. Religious allegiances are reinvented via new (social) media and forms of collective self-representation, both ‘at home’ and trans-nationally (in migrant communities abroad). The research project will study these tendencies and processes and link them to issues of security and civic order.

About this project

Project type: 
Research project
Period: 
2011 to 2014
Status: 
Ongoing

Researchers

Geographic

Keywords

religious relations; polemics; communal tension; public sphere; the politics of religion

Funding and cooperation

Funding: 

ASC

Additional information

Research output: 

- paper in African Affairs 110 (2011).
- chapter in Africa Yearbook 2010 (2011)

- Edited book with an Ethiopian colleague (in progress)
- 2 papers