Inhabited by more than a quarter of both the world’s Christians and Muslims, Africa is also home to a variety of culturally significant and widely practiced indigenous religions, as well as practitioners of Judaism, the Baha’i faith, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Rastafari, and many others. Africa continues to grow in recognition as a vital center of religious scholarship. Atla has taken great strides in recent years in adding African journals to our research tools and is continually looking to add more. We would like to highlight some African titles recently added to our databases, which present a myriad of perspectives and areas of study:
- Ghana Journal of Religion and Theology, published by the University of Ghana, is an interdisciplinary and interreligious refereed journal that seeks to serve as a forum for religious studies and promote the encounter between people of different faith commitments and perspectives on religion. It was formerly known as Ghana Bulletin of Theology. Indexed in Atla Religion Database®, full text available in Atlas PLUS.
- International Journal for Religious Freedom, from South Africa, published by International Institute for Religious Freedom, is published twice a year and aims to provide a platform for scholarly discourse on religious freedom in general and the persecution of Christians in particular. It is an interdisciplinary, international, peer-reviewed journal serving the dissemination of new research on religious freedom and contains research articles, documentation, book reviews, academic news, and other relevant items. Indexed in Atla Religion Database.
- Kanien, from Côte d‘Ivoire, published by Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus, is a biannual journal of research in theology and human sciences. Its authors include journalists, researchers, and African and European religious figures. Its focus is on promoting theological research in Africa, particularly regarding the Church in Africa and African societies. Indexed in Atla Religion Database, full text available in Atlas PLUS.
- Theologia Viatorum, from South Africa, published by AOSIS Publishing, seeks to delve into the theology of the pilgrim and/or traveler. The journal aims to explore aspects of theology and religion in order to deepen our understanding of God and expand our views on religious traditions. The journal is interested in all African religious traditions in their various forms in every part of Africa, and it is open to every methodology. Its contributors include scholars within various interdisciplinary fields working in history, anthropology, sociology, political science, missiology, literature, and related disciplines. Indexed in Atla Religion Database.
- Skrif en Kerk (preceding) and Verbum et Ecclesia (succeeding), from South Africa, published by AOSIS OpenJournals, seek to create an intra- and interdisciplinary space for the conversation between theology and the sciences from a contextual perspective. It encourages research that challenges traditional discourses within and between the fields of biblical, religious, social, and human sciences as well as constructive engagement with the natural sciences. Indexed in Atla Religion Database, full text available in Atlas PLUS.
- Annales Islamologiques, from Egypt, published by Institute Français d’Archéologie Orientale du Caire, is an open-access multidisciplinary journal of Islamic Studies. Published in French, English, and Arabic, it includes original studies in all fields relating to Egypt and the Arab-Muslim world from the 7th century to present day. Topics include history, art history, archeology, conservation, linguistics, literature, law, science, and ethnology. Atla recently resumed indexing this title and has taken it back to issue 1, volume 1. Indexed in Atla Religion Database.
- In die Skriflig: Tydskrif van die Gereformeerde Teologiese Vereniging, from South Africa, published by AOSIS OpenJournals, is a theological and acclaimed Open Access journal that serves as the official journal of the Reformed Theological Society (Gereformeerde Teologiese Vereniging). It has broad coverage that promotes multidisciplinary, religious, and biblical aspects of studies in the international theological arena, aiming to further Reformational Theology on a scientific basis. It encourages research that challenges traditional discourses within and between biblical, religious, social, and human sciences and constructive engagement with the natural sciences where applicable. All contributions are refereed anonymously by at least three other scholars who are recognized as specialists in the particular field of study and the comments of the referees are held in high esteem. Indexed in Atla Religion Database, full text available in Atlas PLUS.
- Hervormde Teologiese Studies (aka HTS Theological Studies), from South Africa, published by AOSIS OpenJournals, is an acclaimed Open Access journal with broad coverage that promotes multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary religious aspects of studies in the international theological arena. The journal’s publication criteria are based on rigorous research, accountable methodologies and novel findings based on sound ethical standards. Therefore, its focus and scope are contested Historical Thought and Source Interpretation (HTS). Indexed in Atla Religion Database, full text available in Atlas PLUS.
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