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Palgrave Macmillan

Christian Responses to Islam in Nigeria

A Contextual Study of Ambivalent Encounters

ISBN 9781137441188
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Christianities of the World

In a world that is enveloped by skepticism, nihilism, provincialism, and mutual suspicion, a project on interreligious encounters opens new vistas of opportunities for thinking about creative ways to live together in our global village. Our world cries out for a new vision that will engender love, tolerance, peace, and justice. It is a vision that is sustained by deep faith in the goodness of our enduring religious traditions and a robust hope in humanity. Through a process of creative dialogue, we can begin to create new paradigms that will foster peace, reconciliation, and understanding. Christian Responses to Islam in Nigeria investigates the complex networks of competition, conflict, and cooperation in interreligious encounters in Nigeria. It studies how both contextual methods and holistic engagement can clarify and untangle some of the intricate conundrums that are discernible in the various ways Christians have responded to Islam in Nigeria. These two religious traditions are well represented in NIgeria. In fact, because of its demographic representation and balance, Nigeria presents a compelling case study for understanding emerging paradigms in interreligious encounters in Africa.

Akintunde E. Akinade is Professor of Theology at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He co-edited The Agitated Mind of God: The Theology of Kosuke Koyama and Creativity and Change in Nigerian Christianity. He is the editor of A New Day: Essays on World Christianity in Honor of Lamin Sanneh and Fractured Spectrum: Perspectives on Christian-Muslim Relations in Nigeria. He serves on the Editorial Board of The Muslim World, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, Religions, The Journal of World Christianity, The Trinity Journal of Theology, Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, Orita: Ibadan Journal of Relgious Studies, and The Living Pulpit.

Preface
Introduction: Exploring a New Trajectory in Interreligious Encounter
1. Interpretations: Towards a New Approach in Christian-Muslim Encounters
2. Glimpses of the Terrain: The Cross, The Crescent, and the Nigerian Context
3. Abiding Faith: Varieties of Christian Responses to Islam
4. Cross Meets Crescent: Forms of Christian Responses to Islam in Nigeria
5. On Faithful Presence: Religion and Human Wholeness in Nigeria
Conclusion: On Living and Walking Together into the Future

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