Religious Pluralism And The Nigerian State

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In the case of Nigeria, scholarship on religious politics has not adequately taken into account the pluralistic context and the idealistic pretensions of the state that inhibit the possibility of forging an enduring civic amity among Nigeria’s diverse groups. Ilesanmi proposes a new philosophy or model of religio-political interaction, which he calls dialogic politics. Dialogic politics celebrates pluralism and suggests that religious institutions he construed as mediating structures functioning as buffers ...
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In the case of Nigeria, scholarship on religious politics has not adequately taken into account the pluralistic context and the idealistic pretensions of the state that inhibit the possibility of forging an enduring civic amity among Nigeria’s diverse groups. Ilesanmi proposes a new philosophy or model of religio-political interaction, which he calls dialogic politics. Dialogic politics celebrates pluralism and suggests that religious institutions he construed as mediating structures functioning as buffers between individual citizens in search of existential meaning and cultural identity and the impersonal state, which tends to gravitate toward instrumental objectives. Ilesanmi’s study offers a fresh perspective on the complex relations between political attitudes and religious convictions.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1 Theoretical Perspectives on Religion, Politics, and the State: The Nigerian Example 1
2 Religious Pluralism, the State, and Dialogic Politics 55
3 Quests for Order, Freedom, and Social Justice: Religion, Politics, and the State in Nigeria, 1900-1966 112
4 Seeking a Common Political Ground: Secularity and the Sharia Debate
5 Toward the Reconstruction of Public Life in Nigeria: The Religious Contribution 208
Conclusion 253
Bibliography 259
Author index 293
Subject index 297
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