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Title:The Shariah in Nigeria: A Christian View
Author:Onaiyekan, John O.
Periodical:Bulletin on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islamic law
Religion and Witchcraft
Ethnic and Race Relations
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Muslim-Christian relations
Abstract:Text of a paper delivered by the Catholic Bishop of Ilorin at the national conference of the Muslim Graduate Association of Ibadan University, Nigeria. After defining the issues under discussion and his method of approach, the author considers the shariah in itself and indicates the problems, even on a theoretical (or theological) level, which a Christian has in implementing a religious law given the present understanding of the role of religion in a modern State. In Nigeria, questions are being raised about the necessity of the present system of Islamic law exsiting side by side with the so-called 'common law' of the land, and of its utility to the nation as a whole. Besides, non-Muslims allege that such an arrangement gives an undue advantage to Muslims at the expense of others. In conclusion, the author outlines some suggestions which may forge a consensus out of current entrenched and mutually exclusive positions, presuming that all Nigerians desire and intend to live together in peace in a single, united nation, irrespective of differences of culture, religion, and ethnic affiliation. Notes, ref.