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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:Principles of Islamic polity towards 'ahl al-kitab' and religious minorities
Author:Muhibbu-din, M.A.
Periodical:Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Politics and Government
Muslim-Christian relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1360200042000212269
Abstract:This paper examines the principles of Islamic polity towards Ahl al-Kitab as more and more states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria adopt the shari'ah as a system of judicial practice. Thus, the paper will attempt to demonstrate that in Nigeria, which has been rightly described as Islamo-Christian, the study of Islamic principles and practices relating to non-Muslim communities is becoming increasingly significant. The paper will examine the principles of religious tolerance, social justice, universalism, as well as state security and defence that characterize Islamic teachings and influence Christian-Muslim relations in Nigeria. The paper will discuss the principles of Islamic polity towards the Ahl al-Kitab in general and religious minorities in particular. Inferences are then drawn in the conclusion for Muslim politicians at all levels of national life in Nigeria. [Abstract journal]