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African AffairsA timely contribution....The book is a collection of well-researched chapters with important lessons for understanding and consolidating the Nigerian state.
— M.H.A. Bolaji, 2008
Religion, History, and Politics in Nigeria is concerned with the problematic nature of religion and politics in Nigerian history. The book provides a lively and straightforward treatment of the relationship among religion, politics, and history in Nigeria, and how it affects public life today. By adopting various cultural, historical, political, and sociological perspectives, the text's contributors provide an excellent introduction to the volatile mix of religion and politics in Nigerian history, as well as a range of strategic choices open to religious adherents. The complexity of the relationship among religion, history, and politics is organized around four themes: indigenous values and the influence of Islam and Christianity, colonialism and religious transformation, the religious landscape of the post-colonial period, and the rise of evangelism and fundamentalism. The volume provides an insightful guide to contemporary history, contemporary religion, and contemporary politics, enabling the reader to reach informed and balanced judgments about the role in religion in Nigerian history and politics. This opens the door for serious examination and debate, and will be excellent for use by the general reader and in political science, history, and religion courses.
Chapter 1 Foreword by Obioma Nnaemeka Chapter 2 Introduction by Chima J. Korieh and G. Ugo Nwokeji Chapter 3 CHRISTIAN ENCOUNTER WITH ISLAM AND INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS: Christianity and Nigerian Indigenous Culture: Jude C. Aguwa Chapter 4 "Making Favorable Impressions": Bishop Crowther's C.M.S. Niger Mission in Jihadist Nupe Emirate, 1859-1879: F.J. Kolapo; Bishop Crowther and Archdeacon Crowther: Inter-Generational Challenge and Opportunity in the African Christian Encounter: Jeh Chapter 5 RELIGION AND POLITICS: Islam and Politics in Nigeria: Historical Perspectives: Chima J. Korieh; The Politicization of Religion and the Religionization of Politics in Nigeria: Afe Adogame; Economy, Politics and the Theological Enterprise Chapter 6 GENDER AND PASTORAL CARE: Engaging Patriarchy: Pentecostal Gender Ideology and Practices in Nigeria: Adelaide Maame Akua Boadi; African Womanist Self-Fashioning: Zaynab Alkali's The Stillborn and Nigeria Muslim North: Hannah Ngozi Eby Chapter 7 NIGERIAN PENTECOSTALISM ABROAD: Encountering History: Christianity and Identity in Nigeria Diaspora Churches: Edith A. Miguda; Half a Century of Touching Lives: Nigerian Charismatic Personalities and African "Ghanaian) Christianity, 1953-2003: Chapter 8 Selected Bibliography Chapter 9 Index Chapter 10 Notes on Contributors