Sects & Social Disorder: Muslim Identities & Conflict in Northern Nigeria by Mustapha, Abdul Raufu

Sects & Social Disorder: Muslim Identities & Conflict in Northern Nigeria

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Nigerian society has long been perceived as divided along religious lines, between Muslims and Christians, but alongside this there is an equally important polarization within the two faiths. Within the Muslim population differences in beliefs, rituals and sectarian allegiance have had profound consequences for public order. This book highlights the crucial issue of intra-Muslim pluralism and conflict in Nigeria.
Conflicting interpretations of texts and contexts have led to fragmentation within northern Nigerian Islam, and different Islamic sects have often resorted to violence against each other in pursuit of "the right path". The doctrinal justification of violence was firstperfected against other Muslim groups, before being extended to non-Muslims: conflict between Muslim groups therefore preceded the violence between Muslims and Christians. It will be impossible to manage the relationship betweenthe latter, without addressing the schisms within the Muslim community itself.

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Abdul Raufu Mustapha is Associate Professor of African Politics, University of Oxford. His publications include (co-edited with Lindsey Whitfield) Turning Points in African Democracy(James Currey, 2009).

Author: Abdul Raufu Mustapha
Publisher: James Currey
Published: 03/17/2017
Pages: 256
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.81lbs
Size: 9.21h x 6.14w x 0.54d
ISBN13: 9781847011596
ISBN10: 1847011594
BISAC Categories:
- Religion | Religion, Politics & State
- Religion | Islam | General
- Political Science | Political Process | General