Nigeria - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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Nigeria

POPULATION 129,934,911
MUSLIM 50 percent
CHRISTIAN 40 percent
TRADITIONAL 10 percent

Nigeria

Country Overview

The 1999 Nigerian constitution guarantees religious freedom. The Islamic northern states, however, have slowly introduced various codes of the Shari'ah (Islamic law) and have attempted to impose them over every citizen in Northern Nigeria, which has led to chaos. The federal government has been unable or unwilling to resolve the situation. As a result of fighting between Muslims, Christians, and traditionalists, as well as infighting among Muslims and Christians, tens of thousands have been killed since the mid-1960s.

Young Muslim and Christian girls line up at the start of a lesson at the main secondary school for girls. About 40 percent of the Nigerian pupils are Christians and wear their traditional headdress, while 60 percent are Muslims and wear the Isl Young Muslim and Christian girls line up at the start of a lesson at the main secondary school for girls. About 40 percent of the Nigerian pupils are Christians and wear their traditional headdress, while 60 percent are Muslims and wear the Islamic hijab (headscarf). © AFP/CORBIS.

Major Religions

Islam

History

Islam initially came to Northern Nigeria from North Africa...

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