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Title:Religion, democracy and the shari'ah conundrum in Nigeria
Author:Makinde, A.K.
Year:2010
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies (ISSN 0030-5596)
Volume:42
Issue:1
Pages:179-193
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islamic law
democracy
Abstract:The return of Nigeria to civilian rule in 1999 brought with it political and religious issues which led to serious nationwide tensions. Notably, the implementation of sharia law first in Zamfara state, and later in eleven other states in northern Nigeria, gave rise to violent controversies in the country. The implementation of Islamic law was seen by many as a threat to democracy, but the protagonists saw it as a constitutional right. This article looks at the historical background to this religious debate and relates it to present developments. It analyses Nigerian claims and counterclaims with respect to sharia, and suggests ways in which the issue can be handled with a view to achieving sustainable democracy. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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