Change and Continuity Over Time Essay
Topic: Religion in Sub-Saharan Africa from 1450 to the present
End |Trans-Saharan trade (gold, salt) brought Islamic ideas into |Slave trade ended in the 1860s, but Europeans continued to convert|Decolonization was aided by the weakened economic power of Europe,| |sub-Saharan Africa from North Africa. |Africans into Christianity because of the "scramble" for Africa. |and by the 1960s most of the African countries were independent. | |Songhai Empire was a major Islamic state (Timbuktu, Sunni Ali). |Many mission schools were established in these colonies (the |However, Africans still continued to believe in the religions they| |Portuguese merchants in Kongo introduced Roman Catholicism. |"white man's burden"). |converted to, as many felt it became a part of them. | |Slave trade also introduced Christianity to other sub-Saharan |Muslims used the creation of these new cities in the colonies to |Syncretism coexists with these world religions today. | |African countries like Angola, where there was a large amount of |help spread Islam further inland. | | |slaves being sent out. |Though syncretism was still presents, policies like assimilation | | |Syncretism during this time blended in African beliefs in spirits |made it difficult for Africans to incorporate their own beliefs | | |and magic. A significant syncretic cult was the Antonian movement. |into the religion they were converted to. |...
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