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Title:Socio-cultural and religious factors in Christian and Muslims' dialogue in comparison between northern and south western Nigeria
Author:Owoeye, S.A.
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
interreligious relations
Abstract:Religious crises between Muslims and Christians as experienced in the north of Nigeria have been absent in south-western Nigeria. Muslims and Christians live together in almost all Yoruba towns. This article discusses why Yorubaland has remained free of religious violence. The author points at the tendancies of both religions to claim religious truth as their monopoly and to ignore whatever truths are contained in other religious systems, in spite of the common ancestry of the founders of Christianity and Islam (all were the descendants of Abraham). The author lists the violent attacks carried out by the militant sect from the North, Boko Haram, since July 2009 and contrasts this with Yoruba culture, which encourages the expression of gratitude for any kindness or favour, and the Islamic concept of 'din al-fitrah' (natural religion), which is held onto by Muslims in Yorubaland. Within this concept, Christianity is a legitimate religion, despite its divergence from traditional Islam. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]