SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Professor Paul Gifford

BA (Wellington) MLITT(Oxon)
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Socio-political role of Christianity in Africa; Africa's new charismatic churches


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  • Africa
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Authored Books

Gifford, Paul (2015) Christianity, Development and Modernity in Africa. London: Hurst.

Gifford, Paul (2009) Christianity, Politics and Public Life in Kenya. London: Hurst & Co..

Gifford, Paul (2004) Ghana's New Christianity. Pentecostalism in a Globalising African Economy. London: Hurst & Company.

Gifford, Paul (1998) African Christianity: Its Public Role. London: Hurst & Co..

Gifford, Paul and Brouwer, Steve (1996) Exporting the American Gospel: Global Christian Fundamentalism. London: Routledge.


Gifford, Paul (2016) 'Religion in Contemporary Senegal'. Journal of Contemporary Religion, (31) 2, pp 255-267.

Gifford, Paul (2016) 'The Charlie Hebdo Affair in Senegal'. Canadian Journal of African Studies, (50) 1, pp 479-492.

Gifford, Paul (2015) 'A contemporary Nigerian Reading of the Bible'. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, (152), pp 38-56.

Gifford, Paul and Nogueira-Godsey, Trad (2011) 'The Protestant Ethic and African Pentecostalism: A Case Study'. Journal for the Study of Religion, (24) 1.

Gifford, Paul (2009) 'The Primal Pentecostal Imagination: Variants, Origins and Importance'. Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, (34) 2, pp 44-52.

Gifford, Paul (2008) 'Africa's Inculturation Theology: Observations of an Outsider'. Hekima Review, (38), pp 18-34.

Gifford, Paul (2008) 'The Bible in Africa: a Novel Usage in Africa's New Churches'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (71) 2, pp 203-218.

Gifford, Paul (2008) 'Trajectories in African Christianity'. International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, (8) 4, pp 275-289.

Gifford, Paul (2007) 'The Nature and Effects of Mission Today. A Case Study from Kenya'. Social Sciences and Missions, (20), pp 1-31.

Gifford, Paul (2007) 'Fondamentalismo” cristiano in Africa'. Afriche e Orienti, (9) 3-4, pp 30-43.

Gifford, Paul (2004) 'Persistence and Change in Contemporary African Religion'. Social Compass, (vol. 5), pp 169-76.

Gifford, Paul (2002) 'Liberia'. Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, (5), pp 323.

Gifford, Paul (1998) 'Chiluba's Christian nation: Christianity as a factor in Zambian politics 1991–1996'. Journal of Contemporary Religion, (13) 3, pp 363-381.

Gifford, Paul (1994) 'Ghana''s Charismatic Churches'. Journal of Religion in Africa, (XXIV(1), pp 241-65.

Gifford, Paul (1994) 'Some Recent Developments In African Christianity'. African Affairs, (93(199), pp 513-34.

Book Chapters

Gifford, Paul (2015) 'The Prosperity Theology of David Oyedepo, Founder of Winners'. In: Heuser, Andreas, (ed.), Pastures of plenty : tracing religio-scapes of prosperity gospel in Africa and beyond. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, pp 83-100.

Gifford, Paul (2014) 'Unity and Diversity within African Pentecostalism: a Comparison of the Christianities of Daniel Olukoya and David Oyedepo'. In: Lindhardt, Martin, (ed.), Pentacostalism in Africa: Presence and Impact of Pneumatic Christianity in Postcolonial Societies. Leiden: Brill.

Gifford, Paul (2014) 'Evil, Witchcraft and Deliverance in the African Pentecostal Worldview'. In: Clarke, Clifton R., (ed.), Pentecostal theology in Africa. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, pp 94-113.

Gifford, Paul (2014) 'African Pentecostalism, Culture and Society'. In: Ruggieri, Giuseppe, (ed.), Formes de vie chrétienne en Afrique = Forms of christian life in Africa. Paris: Harmattan.

Gifford, Paul (2013) 'The Southern Shift of Christianity'. In: Hermann, Adrian and Burlacioiu, Cirprian, (eds.), Veränderte Landkarten : auf dem Weg zu einer polyzentrischen Geschichte des Weltchristentums : Festschrift für Klaus Koschorke zum 65. Geburtstag. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, pp 189-206.

Gifford, Paul (2012) 'Pentecostalismus in Afrika heute'. In: Rethmann, Albert-Peter, (ed.), Pentecostalismus: anfragen an theologie und kirche. Frankfurt am Main: Sankt Georgen, pp 102-134.

Gifford, Paul (2011) 'Healing in African Pentecostalism: the “Victorious Living” of David Oyedepo'. In: Gunther Brown, Candy, (ed.), Global pentecostal and charismatic healing. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 251-266.

Gifford, Paul (2009) 'Christianity in a Patronage State'. In: Knighton, Ben, (ed.), Cover image Title Religion and politics in Kenya : essays in honor of a meddlesome priest. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gifford, Paul (2009) 'African Christianity and the Eclipse of the Afterlife'. In: Clark, Peter and Claydon, Tony, (eds.), The church, the afterlife and the fate of the soul : papers read at the 2007 summer meeting and the 2008 winter meeting of the Ecclesiastical History Society. Saffron Walden: The Ecclesiastical History Society, pp 413-429.

Gifford, Paul (2008) 'Africa’s Churches and the Second Liberation Struggle of 1989-93'. In: Koschorke, Klaus, (ed.), Falling Walls. The Year 1989/90 as a Turning Point in the History of World Christianity. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.

Gifford, Paul (2008) 'Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa: a Response'. In: Ranger, Terence O., (ed.), Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa. New York: Oxford University Press, pp 225-231.

Gifford, Paul (2005) 'Religious Authority: Scripture, Tradition, Charisma'. In: Hinnells, John R., (ed.), The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion. Abingdon: Routledge, pp 379-391.

Gifford, Paul (2003) 'The Bible as a Political Document in Africa'. In: Kastfelt, N., (ed.), Scriptural Politics. The Bible and the Koran as Political Models in the Middle East and Africa. London: Hurst & Company, pp 16-28.

Gifford, Paul (2001) 'The complex provenance of some Elements of African Pentecostal Theology'. In: Corten, A. and Marshall-Fratani, R., (eds.), Between Babel and Pentecost; Transnational Pentecostialism in Africa and Latin America. London: Hurst & Co, pp 62-79.

Book Reviews

Gifford, Paul (2022) 'Review of: Chosen Peoples: Christianity and Political Imagination in South Sudan'. Journal of Contemporary Religion, (37) 1, pp 188-189.


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