Creed & Grievance

Creed & Grievance

Muslim-Christian Relations & Conflict Resolution in Northern Nigeria

Edited by Abdul Raufu Mustapha, David Ehrhardt

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James Currey



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

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 three of the most contentious issues: the conflicts in Jos; the Boko Haram insurgency; 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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8 line illustrations
384 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Western Africa Series
Hardback, 9781847011060, January 2018
eBook for Handhelds, 9781787442641, January 2018
eBook, 9781787442375, January 2018
James Currey
BISAC REL084000, POL016000, SOC008000
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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 - David Ehrhardt and Jibrin Ibrahim
Historical Contexts of Muslim-Christian Encounters in Northern Nigeria - Abdul Raufu Mustapha and David Ehrhardt and 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


Indispensable to making sense of the persistent bloodletting that has long characterised northern Nigeria. THE ROUND TABLE, THE COMMONWEALTH JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

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

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