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Pride, Faith and FearIslam in Sub-Saharan Africa$
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Charlotte A. Quinn and Frederick Quinn

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195063868

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195063864.001.0001

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Islam in Nigeria

Islam in Nigeria

Seeking A Competitive Edge

(p.33) 1 Islam in Nigeria
Pride, Faith and Fear

Charlotte A. Quinn

Frederick Quinn

Oxford University Press

Modern Nigeria was cobbled together in the nineteenth century from over 350 ethnic and linguistic groups, including sizable Muslim populations, especially in the country's north. Formative early figures like Uthman Dan Fodio and the scholar‐jurist Mohammad Bello were important in establishing Islam among the Hausa and Fulani populations, from which it spread elsewhere. Today, Nigeria's Muslim community is divided, and the extent to which Sharia law should be implemented has proved a contentious battleground both within the Islamic community and with other Nigerians. Islam in Nigeria seeks a competitive edge in the struggle with a nearly numerically equal Christian community.

Keywords:   Mohammad Bello, Christian, Uthman Dan Fodio, Fulani, Hausa, Nigeria, Sharia, Zamfara

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