Who Shall Enter Paradise?: Christian Origins in Muslim Northern Nigeria, c. 1890-1975 by Shobana ShankarWho Shall Enter Paradise?: Christian Origins in Muslim Northern Nigeria, c. 1890-1975 by Shobana Shankar

Who Shall Enter Paradise?: Christian Origins in Muslim Northern Nigeria, c. 1890-1975

byShobana Shankar

Paperback | October 15, 2014

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Who Shall Enter Paradise? recounts in detail the history of Christian-Muslim engagement in a core area of sub-Saharan Africa’s most populous nation, home to roughly equal numbers of Christians and Muslims. It is a region today beset by religious violence, in the course of which history has often been told in overly simplified or highly partisan terms. This book reexamines conversion and religious identification not as fixed phenomena, but as experiences shaped through cross-cultural encounters, experimentation, collaboration, protest, and sympathy.

Shobana Shankar relates how Christian missions and African converts transformed religious practices and politics in Muslim Northern Nigeria during the colonial and early postcolonial periods. Although the British colonial authorities prohibited Christian evangelism in Muslim areas and circumscribed missionary activities, a combination of factors—including Mahdist insurrection, the abolition of slavery, migrant labor, and women’s evangelism—brought new converts to the faith. By the 1930s, however, this organic growth of Christianity in the north had given way to an institutionalized culture based around medical facilities established in the Hausa emirates. The end of World War II brought an influx of demobilized soldiers, who integrated themselves into the local Christian communities and reinvigorated the practice of lay evangelism.

In the era of independence, Muslim politicians consolidated their power by adopting many of the methods of missionaries and evangelists. In the process, many Christian men and formerly non-Muslim communities converted to Islam. A vital part of Northern Nigerian Christianity all but vanished, becoming a religion of “outsiders.”

Title:Who Shall Enter Paradise?: Christian Origins in Muslim Northern Nigeria, c. 1890-1975Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2014Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0821421247

ISBN - 13:9780821421246

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“Unsettling much of the received history of religion in Nigeria, this original, deeply compelling history shows how Christianity and Islam have been mutually imbricated as lived religions and even co-constituted across time.”—Benjamin Soares, African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands