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Evolutions of the Religious Landscape in East and Central Africa East and Central Africa Observatory Conference

This conference will explore the major evolutions of the religious landscape in Central and East Africa. We will discuss the mutations observable in the Christian and Muslim worlds, the relations between religion and politics, and the development of various forms of radicalism, whether rhetorical, exacerbating social conservatism, or fueling and/or combining with violent challenges to the powers that be. These dynamics will be examined at local, national and transnational levels.

This conference will take place in English with simultaneous translation and in hybrid format (in-person at Ifri, and online).
All times are listed in Paris time (CEST).



1.30-3.00 PM 

Panel 1 : Religious and political entanglements

  • Hervé Maupeu, Author, Lecturer in political science
  • Laurent Larcher, Journalist, La Croix 
  • Rodolphe Gozegba de Bombémbé, PhD in Theology, Founder of the A9 Association
  • François Gaulme, Associate Researcher, Sub-Saharan Africa Centre, Ifri

Chair : Thierry Vircoulon, Associate Researcher, Sub-Saharan Africa Centre, Ifri


3.00-3.30 PM

Coffee break


3.30-5.00 PM

Panel 2 : Evolution of the religious landscape and radicalism

  • Damaris Parsitau, Lecturer in Philosophy, History and Religious studies, Egerton University (Kenya)
  • Halkano Abdikadir Abdi Wario, Lecturer in Religious Studies, Egerton University (Kenya)
  • Fathima Azmiya Badurdeen, PhD in Social Sciences, University of Mombasa (Kenya)
  • Moussa Bobbo, PhD in History, Specialist in security, Defense and Strategy issues

Modération : Chloé Josse-Durand, PhD in Political Science, Associate Researcher, Ifra Nairobi


This conference is organized within the framework of the Observatoire de l'Afrique de l'Est et centrale, in collaboration with Ifra Nairobi for the Direction générale des relations internationales et de la stratégie (DGRIS) of the French Ministry of Defence.

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For more information on the debate, please contact Lise Lesigne lesigne@ifri.org or Anaïs Leleu afrique@ifri.org

Partner of the debate
Boko Haram Islam politique Politique religions Afrique centrale Afrique de l'Est Ethiopie Kenya République centrafricaine (RCA)