Centre of World Christianity


The SOAS Centre of World Christianity promotes the study of the historic and modern contexts of Christianity in Africa and Asia.

The regional scope includes:

  • Africa: including Egypt and Ethiopia
  • Middle East: Iraq, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, Turkey and Syria
  • Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
  • India, Afghanistan and Iran
  • Central Asia: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan
  • China (with a particular interest in Turfan) and Mongolia

The Centre of World Christianity advances the study of Christianity in Africa and Asia at SOAS by pursuing the following aims:

  • To network research projects and study initiatives by scholars at SOAS across the disciplines.
  • To collaborate with specialists from other institutions, both within the U.K. and internationally.
  • To inform policy-makers and the wider public about the plurality of Christianity in Africa, and Asia and its place in society and culture.

Primary Activities of the Centre of World Christianity include:

  • organising, hosting or facilitating conferences, public lectures, meetings, workshops and seminars
  • academic exchange projects, particularly the hosting of Visiting Scholars from African and Asian countries
  • promotion of undergraduate courses and postgraduate research on Christianity in Africa and Asia
  • collaboration with the SOAS Library to enhance the teaching and research resources on Christianity in World Christianity

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