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Religion, politics and governance in Nigeria

Nolte, Insa and Danjibo, Nathaniel and Oladeji, Abubakar (2009) Religion, politics and governance in Nigeria. Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

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Identification Number/DOI: 070442777X/ 9780704427778

Abstract

This study draws on extensive use of secondary sources and case studies of the Nigerian states of Kano, Anambra and Oyo, and demonstrates that relationships between the Nigerian state and religious organizations are often asymmetric and unstable. Whilst both Islam and Christianity in Nigeria provide moral frameworks for people and groups to articulate their demands and critiques of the state, they also challenge institutions provided by the state: the Muslim critique of secular law has led to the introduction of Shari'a penal law in twelve states, while Christian demands for a re-privatization of former mission schools currently under state control might reinforce Muslim disadvantage in the educational sector. The ability of religious organizations to participate in politics and governance is strongly related to patterns of inclusion and exclusion based on linguistic, ethnic and regional identity, as well as on intra-Nigerian struggles to limit the political participation of certain groups through the requirement of 'indigeneity' at State level. As a result, and given the close links between ethnicity and religion, religious competition is interwoven with the other rivalries that dominate Nigerian local politics.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:117
Department:International Development Department, Centre for West African Studies
Projects:Religions and Development Research Programme
Series/Collection Name:RaD Working Papers Series
Keywords:Religion, Politics, Governance, Nigeria
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
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Funders:UKAID, Department for International Development
Copyright Status:University of Birmingham, 2009
Copyright Holders:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1644

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