Violence in Nigeria is the most comprehensive study of religious violence and aggression in Nigeria, notably its causes, consequences, and the options for conflict resolution. After an analysis of the links between religion and politics, the book elaborates on all the major cases of violence in the 1980s and 90s, including the Maitatsine, Kano, Bauchi, Kaduna, and Katsina riots. Zones of religious tensions are identified, as well as general characteristics of violence in Nigeria; and issues in inter and intra-religious relations, relious organizations, and the states, and the main actors in the conflicts are explored in great detail. A product of extensive primary research, Violence in Nigeria makes a contribution to contemporary social and political history that no previous study has attempted, and it is written to appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike.
Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books dealing with the history of Nigeria, its people, their religion and politics.
The examination of the relationship between religion and ethnic nationalism is significant. A product of extensive research, Violence in Nigeria makes a contribution to social and political history, contested values, and the future of nationhood. CHOICE
The book is impressively multi-disciplinary, combining methodologies and theories from history, political science, religious studies, public policy and sociology...It is a welcome addition to scholarship on post-colonial politics and religions in Africa. AFRICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY Falola...is a distinguished Nigerian historian who has indeed written a timely and a very absorbing book. AHR 2001
First Published: 22 Apr 1998
13 Digit ISBN: 9781580460521
Size: 9 x 6
Imprint: University of Rochester Press
Subject: African Studies
BIC Class: GTB
Details updated on 24 May 2013
- 1 The Context: Islam, Christianity, and Interreligious Relations
- 2 The Context: The Nigerian State in Historical Perspective
- 3 Religion and the State: A Theocracy in a Muslim World?
- 4 Religious Leadership and Agencies of Mobilization
- 5 A Reign of Terror: Violence in Northern Cities, 1980-1985
- 6 A Decade of Clashes: Muslim-Christian Relations in the 1980s
- 7 "The Age of Warfare": Violence and Conflicts in the 1990s
- 8 Islam Against Islam
- 9 The War of Words: Hate Literature and Verbal Violence
- 10 Conflict Management: Stategies and Options