Nigeria is one of the world’s major laboratories for the study of religious tensions, conflicts, and reconciliation.
A recently published book by Duke University Press, written by Professor Olufemi Vaughan, Religion and the Making of Nigeria, deftly engages the critical role of Christianity, Islam, and Indigenous religions in the formation of the Nigerian state and society.
In this landmark book, Professor Vaughan analyzes how religious structures are integral to the social structure of modern Nigerian society. This work of distinctive interdisciplinary scholarship shows how the past continues to shape the present, but also offers constructive pathways to the future.
The book discussion will attempt to resolve the following questions. Why are religious conflicts common in Nigeria? What are the implications of Christian-Muslim relations for Nigeria’s stability? What are the positive contributions of religion to Nigerian society?
Why is it critical for Nigerians to nurture a culture of religious reconciliation, accommodation, and peaceful-coexistence? As we review this authoritative book, please join us in the discussion of these thought-provoking issues.
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