The purpose of this portal section is twofold. In the first place, it functions as a portal to the principal websites that are important for the study of African Christianity and African theology. It directs the user to a wide range of websites both within and outside Africa that provide primary and secondary sources for the study of these fields. As such this website is aimed at both African and other students of African Christianity and theology.
We hope that this website will become an important portal for the study of theology and religious studies for students, teachers and researchers in sub-Saharan Africa itself. Therefore, in the second place we intend this website to be a portal to the many resources available online for the study of theology in African contexts. Of course, the theological disciplines relevant for Africa are not all equally shaped by the particularities of the context. For example, when studying biblical languages, users can equally profit from websites that do not pay particular attention to the African context. For the same reason, we have a general section of the portal that provides helpful tools for the use of the internet in research, teaching (online and offline), and personal study.
From the titles of the sub-sections in this portal, it will generally be clear whether they cover materials that are specifically related to the African context. These sections intend to serve a worldwide community of students of African Christianity and Theology. Other section titles make it clear that they introduce users to more general websites for the study of theology and its various disciplines.
The development of this portal is a collaborative website. If you are aware of other websites that might be worth mentioning in the portal please inform us using the online form that can be found here. It would be helpful if you include a short description of the content and relevance of the website with your suggestion. Please note that this feature is only available to members of the website; if you would like to become a member you can do so here.
Academia.edu is a platform where academic resources, research papers and published works can be shared by authors and read by members for free.
The Africa Leadership Study is a web portal that provides resources which identify, equip and entrust solid leadership in the service of Africa.
The Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS) builds on the resources and the research potential available within Africanist institutions based in the European Union. Describing its aim, AEGIS notes that "As the dynamics of contemporary change in Africa and the continent's response to globalization are intimately linked, understanding the continent's evolution is the major academic and policy challenge AEGIS seeks to address."
AEGIS perceives itself as "a research network of European studies centres which aims to create synergies between experts and institutions. With primary emphasis on Social Sciences and Humanities, AEGIS' main goal is to improve understanding about contemporary African societies." To achieve this,
AEGIS consequently aims to: (i) Share intellectual resources for research and advisory purposes; (ii) Conceptualise new research themes (iii) Improve and disseminate knowledge about Africa (iv) Provide academic guidance and foster institutional exchanges of students, senior researchers and academic staff (v) Promote interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Africa
Given its multiple members who are individual scholars and academic institutes with access to vast resources for research, AEGIS provides its user members access to research tools that deepen their engagement and understanding of Africa. AEGIS is therefore a good platform from which to engage Africa's history, culture, religion, politics, economics, climate and many other issues. Furthermore, AEGIS organizes an interdisciplinary conference that addresses themes relevant to Africa's current socioeconomic context.
African Books Collective (ABC) is an African owned, worldwide marketing and distribution outlet for books from Africa - scholarly, literature and children's books.
Founded in 2008, AMADPOC consider itself as “a pioneer institution conducting and streamlining policy-oriented research, training and capacity building and facilitating policy dialogue events on various topical issues on migration and their interrelationship with development in sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries.”
AMADPOC exists to spearhead research on issues of migration-development nexus which results in the boosting of the capacity of African countries and development partners in the corridors of national governments, inter-governmental cooperation and research institutions, collaborating with national governments, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the private sector, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the civil society.
Migration – whether forced or planned – has a direct impact on the development of nations across Africa. While some of the factors fanning migration are linked to systemic corruption, bad governance, wars, ethnic conflict, others are linked to the depletion of natural resources. Hence, this institute provides training that equips African states
The Archives Africa online catalogue is part of a new project: ‘Finding Africa: exploring the potential of a continent's archives', supported and developed by a team from King's College London and the National Archives of Madagascar. It has supported new research, learning and understanding of diverse records such as diaries, administrative papers, film and photography spanning more than 500 years of history.
The Globethics.net Library currently holds more than 4,0 million documents on theology and ecumenism, including special collections on ecumenical, intercultural and contextual theologies, theological education, world Christianity, and interreligious studies.
Google Scholar is the largest free bibliographical search tool for scholarly books, articles and papers. It is designed for academic researchers and students.
The Institute for African Studies with regional research focus on Africa was established in 1975 at the founding of the University of Bayreuth. Now simply referred to as “African Studies”, IAS "comprises the entirety of the Africa-related research and training activities carried out by Bayreuth scholars from forty different subject areas including cultural studies, linguistics, economics, law, geosciences, biosciences, and engineering. All Africa-related activities at the University of Bayreuth are coordinated by the Institute of African Studies."
In 2019, the Africa Multiple Cluster was established to reconfigure African studies, on both the conceptual and the structural level. The purpose of the cluster is "conceived as a transformative space within which to systematically advance the study of Africa and its diasporas via the pursuit of transdisciplinary research, with a strong emphasis on critical area studies, in addition to the disciplines involved. Building on decades of internationally outstanding research in African studies at University of Bayreuth, the cluster will develop new approaches to the analysis of African and African diasporic lifeworlds through the lens of multiplicity."
One of the unique features of IAS is that it offers diversified study programs from undergraduate, MA and PhDs. Furthermore, it periodically offers fellowships of between 1 to 10 months where scholars from Africa and overseas can converge to deepen their research skills. Besides this, IAS collaborates with the following African universities - Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya; Rhodes University, Makhanda, South Africa; Université Ki-Zerbo, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; and the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
The JHIA's Africa Thesis Bank accepts old and new masters and doctoral dissertations from anywhere in the world in so far as they touch on the histories, cultures and religions of Africa and its adjacent islands.
Missiology.com is a digital space dedicated to fostering the study of Christian mission.
ResearchGate is an online platform that connects the world of science and makes research open to all.
ResearchGate describes itself as "the professional network for scientists and researchers." In May 2021, over 20 million users have registered across the globe, using the platform to share, discover and discuss research across disciplines. Its mission is to connect the world of science and make research open to all. ResearchGate.net operates on the following principles. It allows users to: (i) Share publications, access millions more, and publish your data. (ii) Connect and collaborate with colleagues, peers, co-authors, and specialists. (iii) Get stats and find out who's been reading and citing their work. (iv) Ask questions, get answers, and solve research problems. (v) Find the right job using their research-focused job board. (vi) Share updates about their current project and keep up with the latest research.
With its cross-disciplinary features, theology students and researchers will find this tool useful in developing research that interfaces other fields. ResearchGate offers both free and paid subscription to its members.
DOBAH has a worldwide interest, but the resources they have developed and shared on this website are relevant for those intending to collect, store and share local oral history and archival material.
WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search information.
WorldCat allow users to search collections of libraries in your community as well as around the world. Users can access books, e-books, CDs, and other archival resources.