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Christianity, Islam, and Liberal Democracy: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa

Robert A. Dowd


While we know that Christians and Muslims may apply their religions to politics in various ways that encourage or discourage peaceful political participation, support for democratic processes, and tolerance for ideological and religious differences, we have yet to understand and explain this variation very well. Based largely on research conducted in Nigeria, and to a lesser extent on other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, this book points to qualitative data (i.e. narrative accounts of events and in-depth interviews) and quantitative data (i.e. mass survey research) to suggest that Christian and ... More

Keywords: religion, liberal democracy, sub-Saharan Africa, Islam, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190225216
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. Dowd, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame