Transcript: Tolerance and Tension – Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

Speaker: Luis Lugo, Alan Cooperman and Greg A. Smith

Venue: Pew Research Center's Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life


04/15/2010 - The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life held a conference call with journalists to discuss the findings of a new 19-country survey, "Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa." The study finds that the vast majority of people in many sub-Saharan African nations are deeply committed to Christianity or Islam, and yet many also still believe in witchcraft, evil spirits, sacrifices to ancestors, reincarnation and other elements of traditional African religions.

The report also reveals that while many Christians and Muslims describe members of the other faith as tolerant and honest, there are clear signs of tensions and divisions between the faiths. 

Speakers:
Luis Lugo, Director, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Alan Cooperman, Associate Director for Research, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Greg A. Smith, Senior Researcher, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Read the full transcript Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa on the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life's Web site.

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