Islamic Reform and Political Change in Northern Nigeria (Paperback)

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The 1970s and 1980s were times of political and religious turmoil in Nigeria, characterized by governmental upheaval, and aggressive confrontations between the Sufi brotherhoods and the Izala movement. In Islamic Reform and Political Change in Northern Nigeria, Roman Loimeier explores the intermeshing of religion in the struggle for political influence and preservation of the interests of Nigerian Muslims.

Loimeier's careful scholarship combines astute readings of the work of previous scholars--both published and unpublished--with archival material and the findings of his own fieldwork in Nigeria. His work fills a substantial gap in contemporary Nigerian studies. This book provides invaluable and essential reading for serious students of Nigerian politics and of Islamic movements in Africa.

About the Author

Roman Loimeier is a professor in the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Gottingen. 

Product Details
ISBN: 9780810128101
ISBN-10: 0810128101
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication Date: August 31st, 2011
Pages: 415
Language: English
Series: Islam and Society in Africa