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 & 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

Follow the activities and publications of the SOAS Centre of World Christianity on YouTube.

Contact us

ChairDr Lars Peter Laamann
Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4634
Email: ll10@soas.ac.uk 

Co-Chair: Dr Romina Istratii 
Email: ri5@soas.ac.uk

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