Robert R. Bianchi

in Guests of God

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195171075
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835102 | DOI:

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Nigerian politicians such as Ahmadu Bello and Shehu Shagari threw so much money into the hajj that Christians became convinced they were creating an Islamic state. By the time Muslim army officers seized power, the specter of religious warfare drove Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha to sponsor a Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem as well. Nigeria is one of the few countries where the state sponsors both Muslim and Christian pilgrimages–a policy that is intended to assuage complaints of religious discrimination but that more frequently aggravates conflicts between rival regions, denominations, and ethnic groups.

Keywords: Ahmadu Bello; Shehu Shagari; Ibrahim Babangida; Sani Abacha; Jerusalem; Christianity

Chapter.  17440 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Islam

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