Muslims Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Democracy, And Law In Northern Nigeria by Brandon KendhammerMuslims Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Democracy, And Law In Northern Nigeria by Brandon Kendhammer

Muslims Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Democracy, And Law In Northern Nigeria

byBrandon Kendhammer

Paperback | June 22, 2016

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For generations Islamic and Western intellectuals and policymakers have debated Islam’s compatibility with democratic government, usually with few solid conclusions. But where—Brandon Kendhammer asks in this book—have the voices of ordinary, working-class Muslims been in this conversation? Doesn’t the fate of democracy rest in their hands? Visiting with community members in northern Nigeria, he tells the complex story of the stunning return of democracy to a country that has also embraced Shariah law and endured the radical religious terrorism of Boko Haram.
Kendhammer argues that despite Nigeria’s struggles with jihadist insurgency, its recent history is really one of tenuous and fragile reconciliation between mass democratic aspirations and concerted popular efforts to preserve Islamic values in government and law. Combining an innovative analysis of Nigeria’s Islamic and political history with visits to the living rooms of working families, he sketches how this reconciliation has been constructed in the conversations, debates, and everyday experiences of Nigerian Muslims. In doing so, he uncovers valuable new lessons—ones rooted in the real politics of ordinary life—for how democracy might work alongside the legal recognition of Islamic values, a question that extends far beyond Nigeria and into the Muslim world at large. 
Brandon Kendhammer is assistant professor of political science and the acting director of African Studies at Ohio University. 
Title:Muslims Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Democracy, And Law In Northern NigeriaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:June 22, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022636903X

ISBN - 13:9780226369037

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Table of Contents


1      Sharia Implementation and Democratic Discourse in Northern Nigeria
2      What We Talk about When We Talk about Islam and Democracy
3      Envisioning Sharia, Imagining the Past
4      Democracy, Federalism, and the Sharia Question
5      Sharia in a Time of Transition
6      Framing Sharia and Democracy
7      Muslims Talking Politics
8      All Sharia Is Local: Islamic Law and Democracy in Practice

Appendix: Methodology


Editorial Reviews

"The extent to which Islam and democracy are compatible forms the core of this interesting and topical analysis of northern Nigeria. Following an initial discussion of colonial rule and early independence, the book focuses on the period after the return to civilian rule in 1999. Kendhammer uses a variety of research techniques to consider the role and context of Islam in the federation."