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5 - Religious Identities

from Part II - Context and History

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 June 2021

Toyin Falola
Affiliation:
University of Texas, Austin
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There is a resurgence of national controversies that are birthed by religious beliefs and shielded under the enclave of theocratic identities. While these groups have an ultimate desire to control the sociocultural and socioeconomic life of the country, they have in the process enhanced internal divisions because of their competition for recognition and relevance. Consequently, the activities of the various religious identities in the country have attracted travails and encouraged conflicts and violence. Under the current system and sociopolitical arrangements, it appears that religious identities have come to occupy a comfortable position in the Nigerian environment where they continue to dictate the social and economic trajectories of the country. To therefore understand the future of Nigeria in relation to religious identities, the chapter argues that the country's different religious groups have contributed significantly to the challenges and development situation of the country.

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Understanding Modern Nigeria
Ethnicity, Democracy, and Development
, pp. 109 - 127
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Religious Identities
  • Toyin Falola, University of Texas, Austin
  • Book: Understanding Modern Nigeria
  • Online publication: 09 June 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108936866.006
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  • Religious Identities
  • Toyin Falola, University of Texas, Austin
  • Book: Understanding Modern Nigeria
  • Online publication: 09 June 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108936866.006
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  • Religious Identities
  • Toyin Falola, University of Texas, Austin
  • Book: Understanding Modern Nigeria
  • Online publication: 09 June 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108936866.006
Available formats
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