Rijk A. van Dijk

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence





Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands



Mailing Address

Leiden University
P.O. Box 9555
2300 RB
The Netherlands

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: +31-71-5276607
fax: +31-71-5273344



Countries of Specialization

Ghana, Netherlands, Malawi, Botswana

Research Interests

Works as a researcher on the growth
of Pentecostalism in Ghana and its relationship with the Ghanaian diaspora
to the Netherlands. This project follows on previous extensive research on
the spread of Pentecostalism in Malawi. Van Dijk is an expert on African
Pentecostalism and has published extensively on the subject. His current
research focuses on the relationship between Pentecostalism and migration
from and within Africa. By studying transnational dimensions of Ghanaian
Pentecostalism and its connection with the migration of Ghanaians to the
Netherlands (The Hague) and to Botswana (Gaborone), issues of
multiculturalism, xenophobia and social capital are addressed.


Edited with M.E. de Bruijn and J.B. Gewald
Strength beyond structure : social and historical trajectories of
agency in Africa. Leiden: Brill, African dynamics ; vol. 6, 2007.

Edited with Ria Reis & Marja Spierenburg
The Quest for Fruition through Ngoma. The Political Aspects of Healing
in Southern Africa. Oxford: James Currey, 2000.

"Secret Worlds, Democratization and Election Observation in Malawi."
In: Jon Abbink and Gerti Hesseling (eds.) Election Observation and
Democratization in Africa, pp 180-210, Hampshire: MacMillan Press
Ltd., 2000.

"The Pentecostal gift: Ghanaian charismatic churches and the moral innocence
of the global economy." In: R. Fardon et al. (eds.) Modernity on a
Shoestring. Dimensions of Globalization, Consumption and Development in
Africa and Beyond, pp 71-90, London; Leiden: EIDOS, ASC, CAS, 1999.

"From Camp to Encompassment: Discourses of Transsubjectivity in the Ghanaian
Pentecostal Diaspora," Journal of Religion in Africa, 1997.


Diaspora ; pentecostalism ; multiculturalism ; capitalism ; xenophobia.