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Islam in Nigeria

Charlotte A. Quinn and Frederick Quinn

in Pride, Faith and Fear

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195063868
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834587 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195063864.003.0002
Islam in Nigeria

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Modern Nigeria was cobbled together in the nineteenth century from over 350 ethnic and linguistic groups, including sizable Muslim populations, especially in the country's north. Formative early figures like Uthman Dan Fodio and the scholar‐jurist Mohammad Bello were important in establishing Islam among the Hausa and Fulani populations, from which it spread elsewhere. Today, Nigeria's Muslim community is divided, and the extent to which Sharia law should be implemented has proved a contentious battleground both within the Islamic community and with other Nigerians. Islam in Nigeria seeks a competitive edge in the struggle with a nearly numerically equal Christian community.

Keywords: Mohammad Bello; Christian; Uthman Dan Fodio; Fulani; Hausa; Nigeria; Sharia; Zamfara

Chapter.  13209 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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