Violence in Nigeria: The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies

by Toyin Falola

Violence in Nigeria: The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies

Violence in Nigeria is the most comprehensive study of religious violence and aggression in Nigeria, notably its causes, consequences, and the options for conflict resolution. After an analysis of the links between religion and politics, the book elaborates on all the major cases of violence in the 1980s and 1990s, including the Maitatsine, Kano, Bauchi, Kaduna, and Katsina riots. Zones of religious tensions are identified, as well as general characteristics of violence in Nigeria; and issues in inter and intra-religious relations, religious organizations, the states, and the main actors in the conflicts are explored in great detail. A product of extensive primary research, this book makes a contribution to contemporary social and political history that no previous study has attempted, and it is written to appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike.

Studies in the Nineteenth-Century Economic History of Nigeria

edited by Toyin Falola and Ann O'Hear

Studies in the Nineteenth-Century Economic History of Nigeria

In spite of the rapid growth of economic history as a field of study, the economic history of Nigeria remains underdeveloped. Such large-scale continent-wide and regional studies as have been done still result in the obscuring of local peculiarities. Works of synthesis on Nigerian groups are also few and far between. What this volume accomplishes is to elaborate broad issues and point to a few case studies that advance the state of research. The volume delineates the important economic changes of the nineteenth century, brought about by warfare, inter-group interactions of various kinds, contacts with the outside world, and finally the gradual imposition of colonial rule. While rates of change may have varied from swift to barely perceptible, the volume operates with the assumption that economic activities were dynamic.