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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Christianity in Northern Nigeria, 1975-2000
Author:Gaiya, Musa A.B.ISNI
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Muslim-Christian relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/1572543042948303
Abstract:Patrick Johnstone's (Operation World, 2001) religious statistics for Northern Nigeria show that 50 percent of the population are Muslim, 29 percent are Christian and 21 percent are Traditional. These figures make Northern Nigeria the most ethnically and religiously pluralistic part of Nigeria. This paper documents the growth of the Church in Northern Nigeria, beginning with a brief discussion of the introduction of Christianity in Northern Nigeria from 1857 onward. Then the focus shifts to the period between c. 1975 and 2000. The paper discusses the growth of the various churches, theological institutions, activities of independent mission agencies, religious education, and African Independent Churches during this period. Finally, the paper touches upon the reintroduction of shariah law in twelve States from 1999 onward, suggesting that Northern Nigeria's religious pluralism apparently is not recognized. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]