Reasons for not having a department of religious studies were:
1.Religion and ethnicity were seen as issues that foster disunity.
2.Marxist influence at the University of Dar es salaam; religion was regarded as an ‘opium of the masse’.
However, a research tradition on the relationship between religion and social aspects existed.
This centre will conduct studies on the relationship between society and religion.Religion is any form of beliefs and practices which will there not be limited to mainstream religions (Christianity or Islam or African Religions) but will include other contemporary belief systems which are not related to supernatural forces. E.G. Civic religion, mass consumerism, belief in sport, secularism, etc.