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Title:Religion and national integration in Africa: Islam, Christianity, and politics in the Sudan and Nigeria
Editor:Hunwick, John OwenISNI
Series:Series in Islam and society in Africa
Notes:Papers presented at a seminar in Evanston, Ill. in 1988
City of publisher:Evanston, IL
Publisher:Northwestern University Press
Geographic terms:Sudan
nation building
conference papers (form)
Muslim-Christian relations
Abstract:This volume contains the papers presented at a one-day seminar on religion and national integration in Africa held in May 1988 at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) under the auspices of its Program of African Studies, as well as a transcript of the invited commentaries on them and the ensuing general discussion. The focus was on the Sudan and Nigeria because they illustrate best the problems facing African countries trying to weld together peoples of diverse cultures and histories into nation-States in the late 20th century, a time when, at both the individual and the societal levels, a primary identification as Muslim or Christian often seems to override other loyalties. The seminar explored both the problems raised by religious loyalties and the underlying tensions of class, ethnicity, and the sharing of meagre national resources. Contributions: Islam and national integration in the Sudan, by Abdullahi A. An-Na'im; A three-dimensional approach to the conflict in the Sudan, by F.M. Deng; The role of religion in national life: reflections on recent experiences in Nigeria, by Ibrahim Gambari; Muslim-Christian conflict and political instability in Nigeria, by D. Ohadike; Religion, politics, and national integration: a comparative African perspective, by Lamin Sanneh.