SOAS University of London

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

Dr Jörg Haustein

MA (Leipzig), Dr. theol. (Heidelberg)
  • Overview
  • Teaching
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Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Dorothy Tembo, Missions, Colonialism and Christian Identity in Malawi
  • Keith Jarrett, [working title] Led By the Spirit: Navigating the fragments of ‘Oneness’ Pentecostalism in London’s migrant Caribbean congregations
  • Rudder Jenkins, Intra-Christian Dialogue After the Arab Conquest: Accusation and Polemic Engendered by Islam
  • Sarah Knight, “Oath of the Leaning Cross” and the Rejection of Rome’s Authority: a Re-evaluation of the History of the Syrian Christians of Kerala in the year 1653


Jörg Haustein studies Islam and Christianity in Africa from colonialism onward. His primary fields of research are Ethiopia (esp. Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity) and Tanzania (Islam in German East Africa). He is also an expert on the global Pentecostal movement and a founding member of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (GloPent), which networks academic research on Pentecostalism worldwide and across the disciplines.

Jörg Haustein has widely published about the Pentecostal movement in Ethiopia, its history, its relation to politics and its interaction with other confessions. His doctoral thesis (published by Harrassowitz 2011) delineates the politics of history in the Ethiopian Pentecostal movement and won two major awards.

His current project deals with Islam in Tanganyika during German colonial rule in the fields of law, politics, education and missions. Based on German archives in Berlin, Dar es Salaam, and elsewhere, the project traces the representation of Islam and its transformation in dialogue with post-colonial theory.

Jörg Haustein is the Co-Investigator of the AHRC-funded Research Network 'Keeping Faith in 2030: Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals' (Principal Investigator Emma Tomalin, University of Leeds), which explores the role of religious actors in defining and implementing the sustainable development agenda in Ethiopia and India.


Authored Books

Haustein, Jörg (2011) Writing Religious History: The Historiography of Ethiopian Pentecostalism. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.


Haustein, Joerg (2017) 'Strategic tangles: slavery, colonial policy, and religion in German East Africa, 1885–1918'. Atlantic Studies, (14) 4, pp 497-518.

Haustein, Jörg and Rakodi, Carole and Akhazemea, Daniel and Battcock, Mike and James, Rick and Währisch-Oblau, Claudia (2015) 'Roundtable – Pentecostalism and Development'. PentecoStudies, (14) 2, pp 241-260.

Haustein, Joerg and Maltese, Giovanni (2014) 'Pfingstliche und charismatische Theologie - eine Einführung'. Materialdienst des Konfessionskundlichen Instituts Bensheim, (65) 3, pp 59-62.

Haustein, Jörg (2013) 'Historical Epistemology and Pentecostal Origins: History and Historiography in Ethiopian Pentecostalism'. Pneuma, (35) 3, pp 345-365.

Haustein, Joerg and Fantini, Emanuele (2013) 'Introduction: The Ethiopian Pentecostal Movement – History, Identity and Current Socio-Political Dynamics'. PentecoStudies, (12) 2, pp 150-161.

Haustein, Joerg (2013) 'The New Prime Minister’s Faith: A Look at Oneness Pentecostalism in Ethiopia'. PentecoStudies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, (12) 2, pp 183-204.

Haustein, Jörg (2012) 'Theorizing Pentecostal Historiography: Persecution and Historical Memory in Ethiopia'. PentecoStudies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, (11) 2, pp 171-191.

Haustein, Jörg (2011) 'Charismatic Renewal, Denominational Tradition and the Transformation of Ethiopian Society'. Encounter Beyond Routine. Cultural Roots, Cultural Transition, Understanding of Faith and Cooperation in Development. International Consultation, Academy of Mission, Hamburg, 17th-23rd January 2011, pp 45-52.

Haustein, Jörg (2011) 'Die Pfingstbewegung als Alternative zur Säkularisierung? Zur Wahrnehmung einer globalen religiösen Bewegung des 20. Jahrhunderts'. Archiv für Sozialgeschichte, (51), pp 533-552.

Haustein, Jörg (2011) 'Embodying the Spirit(s): Pentecostal Demonology and Deliverance Discourse in Ethiopia'. Ethnos, (76) 4, pp 534-552.

Haustein, Jörg and Østebø, Terje (2011) 'EPRDF's Revolutionary Democracy and Religious Plurality: Islam and Christianity in post-Derg Ethiopia'. Journal of Eastern African Studies, (5) 4, pp 755-772.

Edited Books or Journals

Haustein, Jörg and Maltese, Giovanni, (eds.), (2014) Handbuch pfingstliche und charismatische Theologie. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Haustein, Jörg and Fantini, Emmanuele, (eds.), (2012) Special issue of PentecoStudies (Vol.12 No.2): Pentecostalism in Ethiopia. Equinox.

Bergunder, Michael and Haustein, Jörg, (eds.), (2006) Migration und Identität: Pfingstlich-charismatische Migrationsgemeinden in Deutschland. Frankfurt am Main: Lembeck. (Beihefte der Zeitschrift für Mission; 8).

Book Chapters

Haustein, Joerg (2018) 'Provincializing Representation: East African Islam in the German Colonial Press'. In: Becker, Felicitas and Cabrita, Joel and Rodet, Marie, (eds.), Religion, Media, and Marginality in Modern Africa. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, pp 70-92.

Haustein, Joerg and Tomalin, Emma (2017) 'Religion and Development in Africa and Asia'. In: Amakasu Raposo, Pedro and Arase, David and Cornelissen, Scarlett, (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Africa–Asia Relations. London: Routledge, pp 76-93.

Haustein, Joerg (2017) 'Evangelikalismus in Afrika'. In: Elwert, Frederik and Radermacher, Martin and Schlamelcher, Jens, (eds.), Handbuch Evangelikalismus. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, pp 141-156.

Haustein, Joerg (2016) 'Pentecostalism in Ethiopia: A Unique Case in Africa'. Global Renewal Christianity. Vol. 3: Africa. Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, pp 128-146.

Haustein, Jörg (2014) 'Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Ethiopia: A Historical Introduction to a Largely Unexplored Movement'. In: Eliese, Hatem, (ed.), Multidisciplinary Views on the Horn of Africa. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, pp 109-127.

Haustein, Jörg and Østebø, Terje (2013) 'EPRDF's Revolutionary Democracy and Religious Plurality: Islam and Christianity in post-Derg Ethiopia'. In: Abbink, Jon and Hagmann, Tobias, (eds.), Reconfiguring Ethiopia: The Politics of Authoritarian Reform. London: Routledge.

Haustein, Jörg (2011) 'Die pfingstlich/charismatischen Bewegungen als aktuelle Herausforderung der Äthiopisch-Orthodoxen Kirche'. In: Pinggéra, Karl, (ed.), Tradition und Wandel im Land der Königin von Saba: Ansichten aus und zu Äthiopien. Hofgeismar: Evangelische Akademie, pp 73-92.

Haustein, Jörg and Quaas, Anna (2009) 'Die Pfingstbewegung'. In: Mühling, Markus, (ed.), Kirchen und Konfessionen. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, pp 170-185.

Haustein, Jörg (2009) 'Navigating Political Revolutions: Ethiopia's Churches During and After the Mengistu Regime'. In: Koschorke, Klaus, (ed.), Falling Walls: The Year 1989/90 as a Turning Point in the History of World Christianity. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp 117-136.

Haustein, Jörg (2006) 'Pfingstbewegung und Identität im Kontext Äthiopischer Migranten in Deutschland'. In: Bergunder, Michael and Haustein, Jörg, (eds.), Migration und Identität: Pfingstlich-charismatische Migrationsgemeinden in Deutschland. Frankfurt am Main: Lembeck, pp 107-126.

Book Reviews

Haustein, Jörg (2015) 'Review of: Nimi Wariboko, Nigerian Pentecostalism. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester.'. Anthrocybib.

Haustein, Joerg (2014) 'Review of Helga Dickow,'Religion and Attitudes towards Life in South Africa: Pentecostals, Charismatics, and Reborns''. Pneuma, (36) 1, pp 131-133.

Haustein, Joerg (2014) 'Review of Katrien Pype, 'The Making of the Pentecostal Melodrama: Religion, Media, and Gender in Kinshasa''. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, (20) 4, pp 813-814.

Haustein, Joerg (2014) 'Review of Ludovic Lado ‘Catholic Pentecostalism and the Paradoxes of Africanization: Processes of Localization in a Catholic Charismatic Movement in Cameroon’'. Journal of Religion in Africa, (44) 3-4, pp 417-419.

Haustein, Jörg (2013) 'Review of: Der Auftrag bleibt. Der Bund Freikirchlicher Pfingstgemeinden auf dem Weg ins dritte Jahrtausend (D. Hampel, R. Krüger, G. Oertel)'. Review Column of the Interdisziplinäre Arbeitskreis Pfingstbewegung.

Haustein, Jörg (2013) 'Review of: Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (R. Marshall)'. African Affairs, (112) 446, pp 159-160.

Haustein, Jörg (2011) 'Review of: Christianity, Politics and Public Life in Kenya (P. Gifford)'. Pneuma, (33) 1, pp 134-135.

Haustein, Jörg (2010) 'Review of: Der Geist Gottes im Süden Perus (U. Sallandt)'. Theologische Literaturzeitung, (135) 1, pp 119-120.

Haustein, Jörg (2010) 'Review of: Christliche Mission im paraguayischen Chaco (C. Bohnert)'. Theologische Literaturzeitung, (135) 12, pp 1401-1402.


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