Christian Responses to Islam in Nigeria: A Contextual Study by Akintunde E. Akinade (auth.)

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In a situation where the state may be perceived as weak or incompetent, Christians and Muslims may manipulate these identities to navigate a very precarious landscape. It must be noted that when religious conflicts occur, they often have ethnic, economic, and political provenance. All these factors may coalesce to create an ambiance of tension, anxiety, and paranoia in the country. ” 9 The carnage that has taken place in Jos Plateau northern Nigeria bears the blueprint of the complex combination of ethnic and religious violence.

In his 1993 article published in Foreign Affairs, he concluded that the fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. Nation-states will remain the most powerful actors in world affairs, but the principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups of different civilizations. The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics.

There is no universal norm that applies to Christian-Muslim relations all over the globe. Each context is different and unique. In fact, the tendency to strip these relations from their contextual situations has led to facile generalizations and hasty conclusions. It is therefore imperative to study Christian-Muslim encounters as they are experienced indigenously within specific contexts and situations. This approach gives more consideration to the whole range of ChristianMuslim experiences within a specific milieu.

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