Researching Belonging and Identity in Multireligious Nigeria

Bonnke Revival - photo courtesy of Corey Williams

My first visit to Nigeria was in January 2009 as a master’s student at Pepperdine University, USA. I came to explore the possibility of conducting a thesis project on Muslim-Christian relations. Prior to that visit, I remember being drawn to Nigeria by its sheer size. As the largest African country by population and soon to […]

Interviewing a Traditionalist married to a Muslim and a Christian

Muslim grave in Christian graveyard, Iperu-Remo, Ogun State

  When we began collecting the qualitative interviews in Sagamu, I thought this would be an academic exercise in getting relevant information from respondents. In the end the experience became much more revealing. Every encounter came with unique revelations and because we wanted Christians, Muslims and Traditionalists to be adequately represented in the survey we […]

Introducing ‘Knowing Each Other’

Prof Olukoya Ogen and Dr Insa Nolte during research in Ogun Waterside LGA

Since the end of the Cold War, and especially since September 2001, most research exploring religious difference, and especially Muslim-Christian relations, has focused on politics and the public sphere. At the same time, the majority of detailed work on the role of religion for everyday life focuses on the practices and transformations within Muslim or […]

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