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New Publication: “Beyond Religious Tolerance. Muslim, Christian & Traditionalist Encounters in an African Town.”


It is we great pleasure that we announce the publication of our first book resulting from the Knowing Each Other survey and research project.

“Beyond Religious Tolerance. Muslim, Christian & Traditionalist Encounters in an African Town.” 

Edited by Insa Nolte, Olukoya Ogen and Rebecca Jones 




In recent decades, religion has become an increasingly important factor of identification and political mobilisation. Based on an African case study, in the predominantly Muslim Yoruba town of Ede, this book calls for new ways of thinking about diversity that go “beyond religious tolerance”. The authors challenge the assumption that religious difference automatically leads to conflict:
here, in south-west Nigeria, Muslims, Christians and traditionalists have coexisted largely peacefully since the early twentieth century. They examine how Ede’s citizens experience religious difference in their everyday lives, the town’s royal history and relationship with the deity Sàngó, its old Islamic compounds and its Christian institutions, as well as marriage and family life across religious boundaries, to illustrate the multiplicity of religious practices in the life of the town and its citizens and to suggest an alternative approach to religious difference.


Beyond Religious Tolerance: Muslims, Christians and Traditionalists in a Yoruba Town – Insa Nolte and Olukoya Ogen
Kingship and Religion: An Introduction to the History of Ede – Siyan Oyeweso
Ambivalence and Transgression in the Practice of Sàngó – Aderemi Suleiman Ajala and Insa Nolte
Sàngó’s Thunder: Poetic Challenges to Islam and Christianity – George Olusola Abijade
Compound Life and Religious Control in Ede’s Muslim Community – Amusa Saheed BalogunBeyond religious tolerance book
Challenges and Affirmations of Islamic Practice: The Tablighi Jamaat – Adeyemi Balogun
The Baptist Church in Ede: Christian Struggles over Education and Land – Olukoya Ogen and Amusa Saheed Balogun
Freedom and Control: Islam and Christianity at the Federal Polytechnic – Akin Iwilade and Oladipo Fadayomi
Religious Accommodation in Two Generations of the Adeleke Family – Ibikunle H. Tijani
Marrying Out: Gender and Religious Mediation in Interfaith Marriages – Insa Nolte and Tosin Akinjobe
Everyday Inter-Religious Encounters and Attitudes – Rebecca Jones and Insa Nolte
Outlook: Religious Difference, the Yoruba and Beyond – Insa Nolte and Olukoya Ogen
Appendix 1: Ede Anthem
Appendix 2: Songs of Ede
Appendix 3: Oríkì of the Tìmì of Ede, present and past

An excerpt of the book including the first 8 pages of the introduction can be downloaded here. 

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Via this leaflet you can order the book at a discounted price.  

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