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Title:The Nigerian Muslim youth and the shari'a controversy: issues in violence engineering in the public sphere
Author:Sanni, AmiduISNI
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islamic law
Abstract:The Islamic legal code (sharia) has been part of Islamic history since the religion was introduced in Nigeria in the 8th century. With British colonialism in the 19th century, the authority of the legal code was reduced to adjudication on family matters. Since independence in 1960, the Nigerian youth has played an increasingly redoubtable role in supporting or opposing the reintroduction of sharia as a legal system with its full complements. Violence has become a new medium of expression in the pursuit of this cause since the 1970s, but has assumed a more systematic and ideological character since the return to democratic rule in 1999. This paper investigates the impulses behind this development and concludes that violence as an ideology in the public sphere has far-reaching implications for development and social cohesion, especially in developing countries with strong confessional differences. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]