Sects & Social Disorder : Muslim Identities & Conflict in Northern Nigeria, Paperback / softback Book

Sects & Social Disorder : Muslim Identities & Conflict in Northern Nigeria Paperback / softback

Edited by Abdul Raufu Mustapha

Part of the Western Africa Series series


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 first perfected 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 between the latter, without addressing the schisms within the Muslim community itself. Nigeria: Premium Times Books 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).


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 6 Line drawings, black and white
  • Publisher: James Currey
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  • Category: Religious issues & debates
  • ISBN: 9781847011596



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