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Title:Othering the other: discourse on superstitious beliefs and human rights in Nigeria
Editors:Offor, Francis N.
Ademowo, Adeyemi Johnson
Oladipo, Temidayo David
City of publisher:Ibadan
Publisher:Hope Publications
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:popular beliefs
offences against human rights
Abstract:In Nigeria, and more generally in Africa today, superstitious beliefs are used to justify and promote acts of discrimination, stigmatisation, social alienation, killing and targeting vulnerable groups in society. This volume examines these practices and calls for a better protection of those accused of witchcraft. Contributions: Human rights and the witchcraft phenomenon in a democratic society (Francis Offor); Witchcraft belief and human rights violations (Promise Akpan); Witchcraft in lslam: between myth and reality (Moruff Mudasiru); Superstition and witchcraft accusation in Igbo traditional thought system (George O. Mbara); Witchcraft and human security in contemporary Nigeria: echoes and lessons from humanism (Noah Opeyemi Balogun); Family induced childwitch stigmatisation in Nigeria: a case study of Akwa Ibom State (Olusola Matthew Ojo); Akwa-lbom Child's Rights Law, family court and the prosecution of alleged childwitch abusers (Dapo Adekunle); Witchcraft belief and human rights violations in Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria (Anthonia M. Essien); Ritual killing and the search for power and wealth (Temidayo David Oladipo); Exploring the pathways of superstitious beliefs on judgements and choices: the Nigerian experience (Essien Daniel Essien); The signifying vulva: caught/cut by culture and superstition: literature looks at female genital mutilation (Olumide Osagbemi); The need for religion in the nuclear age: the Islamic perspective (Abdul Majeed Hassan Bello); Secularism, secularisation and the secular Nigeria project (Adeyemi Johnson Ademowo); Fictions of dignity: embodying superstition, modernity, human rights and development in selected African novels (Uchechukwu J. Ilo); Religious identity conflict: the Nigerian experience (Ayobami Ojedokun). [ASC Leiden abstract]