Two main issues form the focus of attention in this study. The first is the relationship of senior religious figures to the state in Africa and the role of the former in the region's democratization in the 1990s. The second is the political importance of ‘popular’ religions in Africa. The overall aim is to examine the relationship of religion and politics in Africa in the context of democratization, to: (1) establish the nature of the links between senior religious figures and state elites in Africa, (2) make some preliminary observations about the political nature of popular religions in the region, and (3) comment on the overall impact of religious actors on Africa's democratization.'

Religion and Democratization in Africa’, JeffHaynesDemocratization, 11 (4) (2004): 66–89. © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd. Reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis Ltd,
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