All the bibliographical indications on Church History and the History of Religion are welcome here!

History of Religion

Eliade M., Histoire des croyances et des idées religieuses, Paris 1976.

Eliade M., Traité d’histoire des religions, 1992.


Kuhn, Thomas S.: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. University of Chicago Press. Third Edition. 1996.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir.  Nairobi: Kenway Publications, 2010.

Ogilvie, J.N. Our Empire’s Debt to Missions. The Duff Missionary Lecture, 1923. Hodder and Stoughton, London.

Said, Edward W. Orientalism. Penguin. 2003.

Soyinka, Wole. Ake: The Years of Childhood. New York: Random House, 1981.

Soyinka, Wole. Myth, Literature and the African World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1965.

African Christianity

Dictionary of African Christian Biography

Anderson, Allan H (2001). African Reformation: African Initiated Christianity in the 20th Century. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.

Anderson, .H. Bergunder M., Droogers, A and Van der Laan (Eds.). (2010). Studying Global Pentecostalism: Theories and Methods. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Asamoah-Gyadu, K. (2005). African Charismatics: Current Developments within Independent Indigenous Pentecostalism in Ghana. Leiden: Brill.

Asamoah-Gyadu, K. (2013). Contemporary Pentecostal Christianity: Interpretations from an African Context. Oxford: Regnum Books International.

____________ (2015). Sighs and Signs of the Spirit: Ghanaian Perspectives on Pentecostalism and Renewal in Africa. Oxford: Regnum Books International.

Brown, C.G. (2011). Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Barrett, David B (1968). Schism and Renewal in Africa: An Analysis of Six Thousand Contemporary Religious Movements. Nairobi: Oxford University Press.

Burgess, S. M. (Ed.). (2002) International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan.

Corten, A.  And Marshall-Fratani, R. (eds.) (2001). Between Babel and Pentecost: Transnational Pentecostalism in Africa and Latin America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 

Gathogo, J. 2020.“Karubiu wa Munyi and the Making of Modern Kirinyaga, Kenya,” HTS Teologiese Studies, 76(4), 1-8 10.4102/hts.v76i4.6198  

Gathogo, J. 2020. “A Brave One Legged General: The Story of Mau-Mau General Kassam Gichimu Njogu,” HTS Teologiese Studies, 76(4), 1-7,

Gathogo, J. 2020. “Intolerance before and after the 1517 Reformation and the Kenyan context: A theo-historical review”  STJ, Stellenbosch, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 339-356,

Gathogo, J. 2020. “Settler-Missionary Alliance in Colonial Kenya and the Land Question,”  Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, Vol 46, No 2, (2020), pp.1-20.

Gathogo, J. 2019. “Leven House Factor in the Birth of Digo Mission and Christian Empire in East Africa” Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, Vol 45, No 3 (2019), pp.1-15.

Gifford, Paul (ed.), New Dimensions in African Christianity. Nairobi All Conference of Churches.

Gifford, Paul. (1998). African Christianity: It’s Public Role. London: Hurst and Co.

_________ (2004). Ghana’s New Christianity: Pentecostalism in a Globalizing African Economy. London: Hurst and Co. 

________ (2009) Christianity Politics and Public Life in Kenya. London. Hurst and Co.

_______ (2016) Christianity, Development and Modernity in Africa. London: Hurst and Co

Hastings, Adrian. The Church in Africa: 1450-1950. (1994) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hastings, A. A History of African Christianity 1950-1975. (1979). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Isichei, Elizabeth. African Christianity from Antiquity to the Present. London: SPCK, 1995.

Kalu, O. U. (2006). Power, Poverty and Prayer: The Challenges of Poverty and Pluralism in African Christianity, 1960-1996. Trenton NJ: Africa World Press.

Kalu, O.U. (2007). African Christianity: An African Story. Trenton NJ: Africa World Press.

_______ (2008). African Pentecostalism: An Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press.

Larbi, E.K. ((2001) Pentecostalism: The Eddies of Ghanaian Christianity. Accra: SACP Series.

Maxwell, D. (2006). African Gifts of the Spirit: Pentecostalism & the Rise of, a Zimbabwean Religious Movement. Oxford: James Currey.

Mwaura, P.N. (2019).“Spiritual Warfare and Healing in Kenyan Pentecostalism”, in Stan Chu Ilo (ed.).

__________ (2010) “African Instituted Churches and Women in Urban Kenya”, Chinwe M.A. Nwoye (eds.), Urban Ministry in Africa: Theological Reflections for the 21st Century, Nairobi: Pauline’s, pp. 86-100.

_________. (2008). “Gendered Appropriation of Mass Media in Kenyan Christianities: A Comparison of Two Women Led Churches in Nairobi”, in Ogbu U. Kalu and Alaine Low (eds.) Interpreting Global Christianity: Global Processes and Local Identities, Grand Rapids Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, pp. 274-295. ISBN, 978-0-8028-6242-6.

___________ (2008).“The Role of Charismatic Christianity in Reshaping the Religious Scene in Africa: The Case of Kenya”, Afe Adogame, Roswith Gerloff and Klaus Hock (eds.) Christianity in Africa and the African Diaspora: The Appropriation of a Scattered Heritage. London: Continuum. Pp, ISBN, 981-1847-063-175. 

__________ ‘Gender and Power in African Christianity: African Instituted Churches and Pentecostal Churches’. In Kalu O. U. (Ed.) African Christianity: An African Story. Princeton N.J: Africa World Press. 2007.

Ndiokwere, Nathaniel. Prophecy and Revelation: The Role of Prophets in the Independent African Churches and in Biblical Tradition. London: 1981.

Pobee, John S., and Gabriel Ositelu II. African Initiatives in Christianity. Geneva: WCC Publications, 1998.

Robeck C.M and Yong A. (ed.) (2014). The Cambridge Companion of Pentecostalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sundkler, B. G. M. Bantu Prophets in South Africa. London: Oxford University Press, 1961.

Sundkler, B. G. M., and Christopher Steed. A History of the Church in Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Turner, H. W. The Life and Faith of the Church of the (Lord Aladura), Vols. 1 and 2. London: Oxford University Press, 1967.


Sources and new trends for the history of religious congregations and mission history

Beena, Paul, New Sources and New Histories: Unravelling the Histories of Women Religious Congregations of Kerala, in: «International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews», Volume 5, Issue 4 (Oct.-Dec. 2018), 635-640.

Barbra Mann Wall, Notes on Sources, in: B. Mann Wall, Into Africa. A Transnational History of Catholic Medical Missions and Social Change, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick/New Jersey/London 2015, pp. 171-174.

Chandler, Paul, Writing Congregational History: Beyond the Institutional Model, in: «The Australasian Catholic Record», Volume 83, Issue 2 (April 2006), pp. 186-194. [PDF available]

Jones, Adam, Sources in Mission Archives, in: Frieder Ludwig and Afe Adogame (eds.), European Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa. Harrowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden 2004, 39-46. [PDF available]

Robert Strayer, Mission History in Africa: New Perspectives on an Encounter, in: «African Studies Review», vol. 19. No. 1 (April 1976), pp. 1-15. [PDF available]

African Religion

Jomo Kenyatta, Facing Mount Kenya, London, Heinemann, 1938

John S Mbiti, African Religions and Philosophy, London. Heinemann, 1969

John S. Mbiti, Introduction to African Religion, London, Heinemann, 1975

Judith Mbula Bahemuka, Our Religious Heritage, Edinburgh, Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1982

Peter J. Paris, The Spirituality of African Peoples, Minneapolis,Fortress Press,1995.

Michael C. Kirwen(Ed), African Cultural Domains Book 1 Life Cycle of an Individual,  Nairobi, MIAS BOOKS, 2008

Islam in East Africa

Bakari, Mohamed and Yahya, Saad: Islam in Kenya. Proceedings of the National Seminar on Contemporary Islam in Kenya. MEWA Publications. Mombasa. 

Bakari, Mohamed: The Historical and Political Backdrop to Islamic Studies in Kenya. American Journal of Islamic Social sciences. Vol.31, Summer 2014. No.3.


Albright W. F., From the Stone Age to Christianity, 1957.

Clark G. Archaeology and Society. Reconstructing the Prehistoric Past, London 1957. 

Frazer J. G., The Golden Bough, 1922.

Renfrew C., Archaeology and Language. The Puzzle of Indo – European Origins, 1987.        Early Christianity in Central and East Europe, ed. P. Urbańczyk, Warszawa 1997.        Dvornik F., Les Slaves. Histoire et civilisation de l’Antiquité aux débuts de l’époque contemporaine, Paris 1970.  

The Christian Community of Medieval Poland. Anthologies, ed. J. Kłoczowski, Wrocław 1981.

Oral History

Ritchie Donald (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Oral History, Oxford/New Work 2011.

Abrahms Lynn, Oral History Theory, London/New York 2010.

Barbara M. Cooper, Oral Sources and the Challenges of African History, in: John Edward Philips (ed.), Writing African History, University of Rochester Press 2005, p. 191-215. [PDF available].

Philip Denis, The Use of Oral Sources in Church History, in: «Bulletin for Contextual Theology in Southern Africa», 2 (April 1995), p. 32-35. [download here: ]