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Title:Religion and politics in Nigeria: the real cause of the sharia conflict in 2000
Author:Toda, Makiko
Periodical:Journal of Asian and African Studies (Tokyo)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Islamic law
Muslim-Christian relations
Abstract:Nigeria is an oil-producing country in West Africa. Since the vast area of Northern Nigeria used to belong to the Sokoto Caliphate, most people in the north are Muslims. In late February 2000, in Kaduna, a major city in northern Nigeria, a major clash took place between Muslims (majority) and Christians (minority) over the issue of whether the Islamic law, sharia, should be introduced in Kaduna State or not. In retaliation for the Muslim massacre of Christians in Kaduna, Christians killed Muslims in cities of the South. More than 800 people were reported to be killed within 10 days. This article shows that the Sharia conflict of February 2000 was not essentially a religious conflict. Rather, the violence was caused by people's frustration induced by poverty and unemployment and the selfish political game played by the Nigerian elite. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English. [Journal abstract, edited]