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Title:Muslim civic cultures and conflict resolution: the challenge of democratic federalism in Nigeria
Author:Paden, John N.ISNI
Series:Brookings series on U.S. policy towards the Islamic world
City of publisher:Washington, DC
Publisher:Brookings Institution Press
ISBN:0815768176; 9780815768173
Geographic term:Nigeria
conflict resolution
Abstract:Nigeria's grand democratic experiment is sure to resonate internationally. In this original and informative book, John N. Paden delivers a timely analysis of how Muslim civic cultures respond to conflict mediation and resolution, placing his inquiry within the historical context of Nigeria's evolution as an independent state.Home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the world, this oil-rich nation serves as an important case study in reconciling democratic rule with local Muslim traditions. Since returning to democratic governance in 1999 after fifteen years of martial law, Nigeria has begun the difficult process of establishing a rule of law sensitive to local traditions, including the re-adoption of shari'a criminal law in the twelve far northern states of Sunni and Maliki heritage. Muslim Civic Cultures and Conflict Resolution explores Nigerian Muslim values, identities, and practices before expanding on the challenges of democratic federalism in a state defined by its multireligious and devout populace. A tenuous relationship between federal officials and local leaders currently shapes the landscape of Nigeria's efforts to build a stable democracy. Internationally, the viability of this type of governance is of significant import-particularly in the war against terror. As the seventh-largest oil producer in the world, and with considerable military capabilities, Nigeria is a linchpin of future global stability.Paden calls for increased cultural understanding and sensitivity for a more constructive engagement with the Arab and non-Arab Muslim world. The experience of Nigeria provides essential insight into the challenges facing a global community seeking to promote peace and prosperity. [Abstract by publisher]Table of Contents:PART I. INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL CONTEXTS 1. Nigeria in the World 2. The Emergence of Democratic Federalism in Nigeria PART II. NIGERIAN MUSLIM IDENTITIES AND CIVIC CULTURES 3. Variations in Muslim Identities and Values 4. Emirate Civic Cultures 5. Nonstate Muslim Variations on Civic Culture 6. National Muslim Identities and Values PART III. CHALLENGES OF NIGERIAN DEMOCRATIC FEDERALISM 7. Challenges of the Fourth Republic (1999-2005) 8. Challenges of the Shari'a Issue 9. The Shari'a Issue and the Sociopolitical Conflict 10. Religious Tolerance and Conflict Resolution PART IV. CONCLUSIONS: MUSLIM CIVIC CULTURES AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION 11. Civic Cultures and Conflict Resolution 12. Nigeria in International Perspective.