Jesuits have been in Africa since the founding of their order, yet their history there remains poorly researched. Although scholars have begun to focus on specific regions such as Congo, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe, a comprehensive picture of the entire Jesuit experience on the continent has hitherto been lacking. In a condensed yet accessible way, Jesuits in Africa fills that lacuna. Narrating the story century by century from the time of St. Ignatius of Loyola (c.1491–1556), founder of the Jesuits, to that of Pedro Arrupe (1907–91, in office 1965–83), twenty-eighth superior general of the Society, this book makes Jesuit history in Africa available to a general readership while offering scholars a broad view in which specialized topics can be conceived and deepened.
Festo Mkenda, S.J., D.Phil. (2009, University of Oxford) is Academic Director of the Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu. He has lectured on African history and on Christianity in Africa, and his research focuses on Jesuit history in Africa.
1 Sixteenth Century: Kongo, Ethiopia, Mozambique/Zimbabwe, and Angola
2 Seventeenth Century: West Africa, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, and Kongo
3 Eighteenth Century: Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Angola
4 Nineteenth Century: Algeria, Fernando Pó, Sudan, Egypt, Madagascar, Zambezi, and Congo
5 Twentieth Century: Continuation, Consolidation, and Expansion
Documents in the Monumenta historica Societatis Iesu (MHSI) Series Other Published Primary Sources Secondary Sources Online Sources
All readers with a general interest in Jesuit history, missions, and Christianity in Africa, as well as those with specialized interest in Jesuit missions in specific parts of Africa. Keywords: Christianity in Africa, Zambesi mission, Kwango mission, Angola, Ethiopia, Kongo, Madagascar, Mozambique, Baltasar Barreira, Gonçalo da Silveira, Andrés de Oviedo, Pedro Páez, Emiel van Hencxthoven, Monomotapa, Bantu languages.