Description : This book is an intercultural study of Christian-Muslim relationship in Nigeria, spanning the pre-and post-Independence eras.It seeks, against the backdrop of the persistent crisis and conflicts; to explore avenues for dialogue and harmonious interaction between adherents of the two most patronized (albeit non-indigenous) religions in Nigeria - Christianity and Islam. The author examines the historical backgrounds of the country's ethnographic and sociopolitical configuration, the origin, nature, and impact of each religion, the positive as well as negative dimensions of the relations between Muslims and Christians under various epochs of Nigeria's political life. The book concludes with theological overview and prescriptive advocacy on the pathway to inter-religious peace and harmony in Nigeria.
Description : Can Islam and Christianity co-exist in Islamic environments? This book shows how relations between Christians and Muslims in northern Nigeria are characterized by intense friction, while in Tanzania the two communities co-exist harmoniously. The author examines the establishment of both religions in the two countries, their relations with the colonial powers, the effect of religion on national independence movements, and the effect of religious questions on ethnicity in mixed communities, setting these issues against the background of the rise of Islamic revivalism and the connections between northern Nigeria and Middle Eastern Islamic states. Based on the author's own extensive field research, conducted in the period from 1975 to 1981, and much previously unpublished original material, as well as a broad range of little-known sources, Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa will be of interest to those concerned with theology and comparative religion, African studies, and social anthropology.
Description : Observations about dialogue and about the theology of religions are common enough these days, but they are rarely grounded in the analysis of a particular reality and are therefore of little help to practitioners. This book, on the other hand, gives an exhaustive documentation of the background and the actual situation of Muslim-Christian relations in Northern Nigeria before proceeding to proposals for understanding the contribution of women's discourse in the development of dialogue and to a feminist theology of religions. Drawing from her empirical findings in Northern Nigeria as well as some feminist insights, the author suggests an approach to other religions, grounded in people's lived experience and a shared commitment to justice, peace and transformed human relations. Recognizing the limitations of some pluralist theories, she suggests a feminist-ethical approach to religious pluralism. The practicality and feasibility of such an approach are shown as she elaborates on its possible application in the concrete context of Northern Nigeria.
Description : Christian-Muslim Relations, a Bibliographical History 9 (CMR 9) is a history of everything that was written on relations in the period 1600-1700 in Western and Southern Europe. Its detailed entries contain descriptions, assessments and comprehensive bibliographical details about individual works.
Description : Religion as a powerful impulse in human existence plays a paradoxical role in society as it both contributes significantly in shaping the spiritual, socio-political and economic lives of millions of people and also acts as a source of conflict. The sad experience of interreligious conflict in Northern Nigeria challenges the claim of Islam and Christianity to be religions of peace. However, understood as closely intertwined with culture and custom of a people, religion can be central in the establishment of peace and conflict resolution in and between communities. This text using the model of dialogue (Nostra Aetate) explores and presents the socio-political and theological resources available in Northern Nigeria (the locality) for a consistent peace building process.
Description : This dissertation examines the place and nature of dialogue and engagement in conflictual interfaith relations through a multilayered study of political Islams impact on Christian-Muslim relations within the Nigerian sociopolitical and cultural context. By examining a contemporary phenomenon that is predicated on historical processes key issues and factors that undergird the religio-political fusion in Islam are clarified showing that this phenomenon is not unique to the Muslim religion but is common within those contemporary societies that have emerged or are emerging from primal or traditional societies. The time period studied includes the arrival of Islam and Christianity to those regions that now constitute Nigeria, particularly the northern region; the sacking of the Fulani Empire of Uthman dan Fodio by British colonial forces; the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates; the formation and subsequent colonization of Nigeria by the British Empire; independent Nigeria and the eventual adoption of Sharia by the governors of the predominantly Muslim geopolitical states of Northern Nigeria to the emergence of radical Islamic groups like Boko Haram. I employ two major research strategies 1) semi-structure d interviews and 2) the grounded theory approach of data analysis. Data have been collected via hist oriographical study, library research, and interviews. The view that the religio-political fusion in Islam and the missional nature of both Christianity and Islam necessitates a degree of particularism or universalism in the process of interfaith dialogue is challenged . The anthropological approach to interfaith engagement developed here suggests a departure from the universality or uniqueness of any religion and focuses rather on the cultural traditions from which religious traditions, in this instance Christianity and Islam, derive their meaning, and in which they play their roles hence, allowing one engage other religions, particularly in religiously pluralistic societies, in a context specific and culturally sensitive manner.
Description : The matter of Christian–Muslim relations cannot be ignored these days. While the term itself may not appear all that often, relations between the two faiths and their reciprocal perceptions are undeniable influences behind many current conflicts, declarations of mutual recognition and peace negotiations, not to mention the brooding hatred of religious extremists. Since 9/11, relations between the two faiths have, in one form or another, hardly been away from the news. This Handbook contains fundamental information about the major aspects of relations between Christians and Muslims. Its various sections follow the history from the early seventh century to the present, the major religious issues that have led to disputes between the two faiths, and the political implications of religious differences at various stages through history, as well as in the present. It includes analysis of scriptural and theological themes and explores the characteristics of relations at important points in history and also in various parts of the world today. Chapters are devoted to the most significant intellectual interpretations and encounters, the main armed clashes, including the Crusades, and the important documents issued by each faith that in recent years have led the way towards new developments in recognition and acceptance. With chapters written by some of the foremost experts in the field, the book traces the largely dark history of relations and explains the underlying reasons why Muslims and Christians have found tolerance and respect for the other difficult. It is an excellent resource for understanding the past and for highlighting lessons for future relations between the world’s two largest religions.
Description : In the twenty-first century, no one can ignore the complex paradigms connected with the precarious relationship between Christians and Muslims all over the globe. Since the seventh century, Christians and Muslims have interacted with one another in a variety of ways. This relationship is sated with both meaningful engagements and baffling ambiguities, running the gamut of constructive dialogue, lethargic encounters, open conflicts, and internecine violence. Nowhere is the need for interreligious cooperation, dialogue, and understanding more pressing than in the Christian and Muslim communities, which constitute approximately 60 percent of the world's population. <I>Fractured Spectrum: Perspectives on Christian-Muslim Encounters in Nigeria deals with an important African dimension in Christian-Muslim relations. Nigeria, with its equal populations of Christians and Muslims, provides an auspicious case study for understanding the cultural, social, theological, economic, and political issues involved in Christian-Muslim encounters. The essays in this book, written by Christian and Muslim scholars who are actively engaged with the Nigerian context, examine some of the issues germane to Christian-Muslim relations in Nigeria.