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What is JHIA?

The Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA) is an initiative by the Society of Jesus, geared to making primary historical research on the development of Christianity within its African socio-cultural context possible. The initiative started in February 2010 tasked with collecting historical records ...

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The JHIA Collection

JHIA's mission is to collect sources and to make them available to researchers. In order to facilitate a contextualized research and allow for necessary comparative scholarship, JHIA's collection is much broader than strictly "Jesuit" records and "African" material...

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Recent Special and Rare Aquisitions

Gentilis Angollæ_eruditusGentilis Angollæ in fidei mysteriis eruditus. Opusculum Reinæ Fidelissimæ Mariæ I. Jussu denuo excussum, by Antonio do Couto (Lisbon: Typographia Regia, 1784).

Description: 4, modern dark green calf, early decorated wrappers bound in. 96 pages, (23.3cm x 17.5cm.) and index in 2 pages, text in triple columns of Latin, Kimbundu and Portuguese.

The text, in triple columns of Latin, Kimbundu and Portuguese, is arranged in the form of dialogues on the sacraments, purgatory, the Paster Noster, etc. There is also an introduction on “Angolan” idioms and an index at the end. This abridged version of an unpublished work by Francisco Pacconio (1589-1641) first appeared with Portuguese and Kimbundu vocabulary in Lisbon in 1642 as Gentio de Angola sufficientemente instruido nos mysterios de nossa santa fé. In 1661 it was printed in Portuguese, Kimbundu and Latin, in a version done by Antonio Maria Prandomontano, a Capuchin of Rome.

About the author: Antonio do Couto, a native of São Salvador in Angola, became a Jesuit there in 1631. After studying at Coimbra he returned to Angola in 1648 and died in Loanda in 1666.

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madagascarordrurysjournal

Madagascar or Robert Drury's Journal During Fifteen Years Captivity on that Island (London: T.Fisher Unwin,1890[1729]), 398 pages + maps and other illustrations.

A gripping narrative by Robert Drury, who, for fifteen years, lived as a slave in Madagascar.Ashipwreck rendered him captive to the island'snatives when he was still a boy. Drury grew up, laboured and even married in Madagascar before he returned to England. His description of the islanders' life, customs, believes, manners and economic activities is thus a valuable eye-witness account of Madagascar in the early 18th century.

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theextinctionofchristianchurchesinnorthafricaThe Extinction of the Christian Churches in North Africa, by L. R. Holme(London: C. J. Clay and Sons, 1898), vi + 263 pages and a map.

Based on the 1895 Hulsean Prize Essay, this book is a critical review of the rise and fall of Christian churches in North Africa. It is valuable for its wealth of historical data. It addresses not only the development of Christianity in North Africa but also the contribution from that region to the advancement of the same faith in Europe. Struggles against state-imposed paganism and challenges encountered in dealing with the peoples of North Africa aredetailed. Religious figures from the region, including Saints Augustine and Cyprian, feature prominently. Moreover, the book offers an insight into the development of various doctrines and religious practices before providing an account of the demise of what the author calls "African Christianity".

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Now Available!

Now Available!

The 2016 JHIA Diary is now available. We produced the diary early to allow enough time for shipping before Christmas. The... Read more

JHIA Joins RefoRC

JHIA Joins RefoRC

During its meeting of May 2015, the Board of RefoRC accepted the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA) as member... Read more

JHIA 2015 DIARY

JHIA 2015 DIARY

The 2015 Diary of the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa is out. This product builds on both positive and negative... Read more

What Is Happening At JHIA?

What Is Happening At JHIA?

In the last twelve months, JHIA has received three major shipments of books—two from Oxford, UK, and one from Rome,... Read more