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She points out that there has been such division in modern Christianity that it is difficult to describe a universal Christian worldview. However, she describes the basic beliefs and practices that are considered universal to Christians. She also discusses Christianity's waves in Africa, the first one occurring in the first century a.D. Jesus was taken to Egypt to avoid being killed by King Herod and Jesus' early message spread into North Africa. Christianity did not become a major influence in African religion until the 1800s, and is now one of the two primary religions practiced in the country.

Finally, Aderibigbe discusses Islam. She describes Islam as a monotheistic religion worshipping Allah. She describes the historic origins of Islam, which grew out of the teachings of Mohammed. She also links Islam to Judaism and Christianity, naming it the third in the three Abrahamic religions. She describes the major themes of Islam as peace and submission. There are five pillars
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in Islam: the Shahada (creed), the salat (daily prayers), the sawm (fasting through Ramadan), the zakat (giving alms), and the hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). Islam has a holy book, the Qur'an and also religious traditions, the Hadith. Islam came to Africa in two waves, the first beginning in the 7th century after the death of Mohammed and through conquest and going to the 19th century period of colonization. Islam's appeal for Africans may have been due to the fact that many of its practices were compatible with existing cultural practices like ancestral veneration, magical use of object, polygamy, circumcision, and well-defined male and female gender roles.

References

Aberibigbe, I. (2012). Chapter Five: Religions in Africa. In I. Aderbigbe & a. Ojo Eds.

Continental Complexities: A Multidisciplinary Introduction to Africa, ( pp.61- 84). USA: University Readers,…

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References

Aberibigbe, I. (2012). Chapter Five: Religions in Africa. In I. Aderbigbe & a. Ojo Eds.

Continental Complexities: A Multidisciplinary Introduction to Africa, ( pp.61- 84). USA: University Readers, Inc.

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