Creed & Grievance (African Edition)
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384 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

8 line. Illustrations

Series: Western Africa Series

Imprint: James Currey

Creed & Grievance (African Edition)

Muslim-Christian Relations & Conflict Resolution in Northern Nigeria

Edited by Abdul Raufu Mustapha and David Ehrhardt

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Analyses the complexities of Christian-Muslim conflict that threatens the fragile democracy of Nigeria, and the implications for global peace and security.

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In northern Nigeria, high levels of ethnic diversity have coincided with 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 part of 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 Christian groups 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 policy responses 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 is Associate Professor in African Politics, University of Oxford; David Ehrhardt is Assistant Professor of International Development at Leiden University College.

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

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Preface - David Ehrhardt
PART ONE: THE MUSLIM & CHRISTIAN CONTEXT
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 - David Ehrhardt and Jibrin Ibrahim
Historical Contexts of Muslim-Christian Encounters in Northern Nigeria - Abdul Raufu Mustapha and David Ehrhardt and Rachael Diprose
PART TWO: KEY CONTEMPORARY ISSUES
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
PART THREE: JOS: CONFLICT & PEACE BUILDING
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
CONCLUSION
Diversity, Religious Pluralism & Democracy - Abdul Raufu Mustapha and David Ehrhardt

ABDUL RAUFU MUSTAPHA wasAssociate Professor in African Politics, University of Oxford prior to his death in 2017. His books include Turning Points in African Democracy (2010), Sects and Social Disorder (2014) and, edited with David Ehrhardt, Creed & Grievance (2018).

"A very recommendable book. Its authors have managed to share a wealth of data and discussions about contentious issues in an impartial way, but with a message about the possibilities of mutual understanding and tolerance, of restoring damaged relations, and of transforming contra-existence into co-existence." AFRICAN JOURNAL ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Title Details

384 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

8 line. Illustrations

Series: Western Africa Series

Imprint: James Currey