Creed & Grievance: Muslim-Christian Relations & Conflict Resolution in Northern Nigeria [Paperback]

Abdul Raufu Mustapha(Editor); David Ehrhardt(Editor); Abdul Raufu Mustapha(Contributor); Adam Higazi(Contributor); Aminu Gamawa(Contributor)

ISBN: 9781847012197 | Published by: James Currey | Series: Western Africa Series | Volume: 14 | Year of Publication: 2019 | 384p, H9.25 x W6.25, 8 line.
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Creed & Grievance


In northern Nigeria, high levels of ethnic diversity have resulted in acute polarization between Muslims and Christians, increasingly fuelling violent conflict. The climate of insecurity threatens northern Nigeria's development, accentuates the inequalities between it and the rest of the country, and undermines the attempt to stabilize democracy in the country. Externally, fears have also been expressed that Islamist movements in northern Nigeria form partof a wider network constituting a threat to global peace and security.

Refuting a "clash of civilizations" between Muslims and Christians, the authors of this new study highlight the multiplicity of Muslim and Christiangroups contending for influence and relevance, and the doctrinal, political and historical drivers of conflict and violence between and within them. They analyse some of the region's most contentious issues: conflict and peacebuilding in Jos; the Boko Haram insurgency; the informal economy; and the challenges of legal pluralism posed by the declaration of "full" Sharia law in 12 Muslim-majority states. Finally, they suggest appropriate and effective policyresponses at local, national, and international levels, discussing the importance of informal institutions as avenues for peace-building and the complementarities between local and national dynamics in the search for peace.

Abdul Raufu Mustapha (deceased 2017), was Associate Professor in African Politics, University of Oxford. David Ehrhardt is Assistant Professor of International Development at Leiden University College, The Netherlands.

Companion volume: Sects & Social Disorder: Muslim Identities & Conflict in Northern Nigeria edited by Abdul Raufu Mustapha (James Currey 2014)

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Table of Contents

Preface - David Ehrhardt
Introduction: Religious Encounters in Northern Nigeria - Abdul Raufu Mustapha
The Muslim Majority in Northern Nigeria: Sects & Trends - Philip Ostien
The Significant Minority: Christians & Christianity in Northern Nigeria - Jibrin Ibrahim
Historical Contexts of Muslim-Christian Encounters in Northern Nigeria - Abdul Raufu Mustapha and David Ehrhardt
Historical Contexts of Muslim-Christian Encounters in Northern Nigeria - Rachael Diprose
Challenges of Legal Pluralism: Sharia Law & its Aftermath - Abdul Raufu Mustapha and Aminu Gamawa
Boko Haram, Youth Mobilization & Jihadism - Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos
Complementarity, Competition & Conflict: Informal Enterprise & Religious Conflict in Northern Nigeria - Kate Meagher
Jos: Fear & Violence in Central Nigeria - Abdul Raufu Mustapha and Adam Higazi and Jimam Lar and Karel Chromy
Rural Insecurity on the Jos Plateau: Livelihoods, Land & Cattle amid Religious Reform & Violent Conflict - Adam Higazi
Jos: Bottom-Up & Top-Down Approaches to Peace Building - Abdul Raufu Mustapha and Adam Higazi and Jimam Lar and Karel Chromy
Diversity, Religious Pluralism & Democracy - Abdul Raufu Mustapha and David Ehrhardt

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