Religion, Migration and Identity

Methodological and theological explorations


Migration has become a major concern. The increase in migration in the 20th and 21st centuries has social, political and economic implications, but also effectuates change in the religious landscape, in religious beliefs and practices and in the way people understand themselves, each other and the world around them. In Religion, Migration and Identity scholars from various disciplines explore issues related to identity and religion, that people - individually and communally -, encounter when affected by migration dynamics. The volume foregrounds methodology in its exploration of the juxtaposition of religion, migration and identity and addresses questions which originate in various geographical locations, demonstrates new modes of interconnectedness, and thus aims to contribute to the ongoing academic discussions on mission, theology and the Christian tradition in general, in a worldwide perspective.
Open Access


Open Access

Biographical Note

Martha Th. Frederiks is Professor for the Study of World Christianity at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her research interests included developments in African Christianity, religion and migration and Christian-Muslim relations.

Dorottya Nagy is a theologian-missiologist with research interest in migration, ecclesiology, Christianity in postcommunist Europe, and innovative ways of theologizing. Currently, she is professor of missiology at the Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Table of contents


Introduction - Dorottya Nagy and Martha Frederiks

Religion, migration and identity. A conceptual and theoretical exploration - Martha Frederiks

Minding methodology. Theology-Missiology and migration studies - Dorottya Nagy

The role of the Protestant church in the US Refugee Resettlement Program during the early Cold War era. The Methodist case - Hiromi Chiba

Nigerian-initiated Pentecostal/Charismatic churches in the Czech Republic. Active missionary force or cultural ghetto? - Pavol Bargár

Conceptualizing temporary economic migration to Kuwait. An analysis of migrant churches based on migrant social location - Stanley John

Transnational Christianity and converging identities. Arabic Protestant churches in New Jersey - Deanna Womack

“Making holy the bare life”. Theological reflections on migration grounded in collaborative praxis with youth made illegal by the United States - Steve Pavey and Marco Saavedra

Faith, an alien and narrow path of Christian ethics in migration - Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

Refugees as guests and hosts. Towards a theology of mission among refugees and asylum seekers - Ross Langmead



All interested in issues related to religion, migration and identity and anyone concerned with missiology, mission studies, world Christianity and the history of Christianity, theology or mission worldwide.