chapter  11
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“From Prophetism to Pentecostalism”: Religious Innovation in Africa and African Religious Scholarship

Jacob Olupona has contributed immensely to the academic study of religion in Africa, with extensive research covering various aspects of Christianity on the continent. In addition to his several works, he also surveyed “West African Pentecostalism” in the revised and expanded edition of the widely acclaimed International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (Olupona 2002). Africa has within the last half-century, emerged as a hotbed of contemporary Pentecostalism in both its classical and neo-Pentecostal versions. Not only has African Christianity become very Pentecostal, but also by the end of the twentieth century, the largest Christian congregations in Europeboth East and West-were led by Africans. In spite of this, the first edition of that dictionary neither considered developments within the region nor among Africans in the Diaspora.