In part 3 of our podcast series on the History of Africa, we look at the arrivals of Christianity and Islam in Africa. Today, the pictures of Christianity and Islam in Africa are often stories of excess and extremism. From Islamic extremist organizations like Boko Haram to prosperity gospel preachers in Nigeria. These stories of religious excess and extremism in Africa are part of the story of Africa’s history.

In this podcast episode, we look at the role Africa played in the development of the world’s two largest religions. Then we look at how outsiders helped change the shape of Africa, along with Christianity and Islam, through the centuries within the continent.

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JB Shreve is the author of "How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos." He has been the host of the End of History podcast since 2012. He has degrees in International Relations and Middle East Studies. His other books include the Intelligence Brief Series. Regular posts and updates from JB Shreve are available at