Nigeria and Shari'a: Religion and Politics in a West African Nation - Research Article from History Behind the Headlines

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The Conflict

Political

  • The Muslim population of Zamfara was enthusiastic about adopting shari'a to deal with crime that the state seemed unable to stop.
  • The central government rejected Zamfara's right to establish a separate legal system and civil rights groups challenged the constitutionality of the system.

Religious

  • Nigeria is comprised of roughly equal numbers of Christians and Muslims.
  • Christians object to being forced to abide by Islamic law.

Economic

• In the 1980s the price of oil plummeted, causing economic dislocation, violence, and land disputes.

Beginning in the fall of 1999 American newspapers such as the New York Times and wire services such as the Associated Press and Reuters began to publish stories regarding the announcement by Nigeria's northern Zamfara State that it would implement shari'a. Shari'a is the Islamic code of law that for centuries has provided...

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