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When democracy was introduced to Nigeria in 1999, one-third of its federal states declared that they would be governed by sharia, or Islamic law. In "Democratization and Islamic Law", Johannes Harnischfeger argues that such a break with secular constitutional traditions in a multireligious country can have disastrous consequences. The efforts by Islamic politicians to assert their own religious laws, Harnischfeger contends, have driven Muslims and Christians to confrontation. This book is an essential contribution to debates surrounding the increasingly fraught relationship between religion and politics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9783593382562
ISBN-10: 3593382563
Format: Paperback
(212mm x 140mm x 21mm)
Pages: 260
Imprint: Campus Verlag
Publisher: Campus Verlag
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: Germany


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Author Biography - Johannes Harnischfeger

Johannes Harnischfeger has taught at universities in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.