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Title:Muslim Ethnopolitics and Presidential Elections in Nigeria
Author:Miles, William F.S.
Year:2000
Periodical:Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Volume:20
Issue:2
Period:October
Pages:229-241
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islamization
elections
1999
Religion and Witchcraft
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
politics
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/713680362
Abstract:The election of retired General Olusegun Obasanjo, a Christian, in the 1999 presidential elections, did have a definite Islamic spin to it. For only with Muslim support could Obasanjo have been elected. Explaining why the Muslim establishment backed Obasanjo constitutes one aim of this paper. A second goal is to situate the 1999 presidential elections, as well as all previous ones, within the context of greater Islamic power within Nigeria. To do so, the author suggests the utility of understanding the complex interaction between Islamic ambitions and electoral outcomes via the interaction of two related but distinct dynamics: Muslim ethnopolitics vis--vis Islamic theopolitics. Whereas the former refers to electoral behaviour on behalf of Muslims operating as a quasi-ethnic community, the latter refers to theological activism to promote Islam as a religion. The main conclusion is that general disillusionment with democratic politics and economic outcomes in Nigeria has channelled Islamic theopolitics into extra-electoral directions. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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