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.

Research project
2011 to 2021

Senior researchers



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

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Research output: 

- paper in African Affairs 110 (2011). - chapter in Africa Yearbook 2010 (2011) - Edited book with an Ethiopian colleague (in progress) - 2 papers