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Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria

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Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria

Date & Time: Thursday 24 January, 19:00 – 20:30

Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Launch of the latest book in the African Arguments series

Throughout its history, Nigeria has been plagued by religious divisions. Tensions have only intensified since the restoration of democracy in 1999, with the divide between Christian south and Muslim north playing a central role in the country’s electoral politics, as well as manifesting itself in the religious warfare waged by Boko Haram.

Through the lens of Christian–Muslim struggles for supremacy, Ebenezer Obadare charts the turbulent course of democracy in the Nigerian Fourth Republic, exploring the key role religion has played in ordering society. He argues the rise of Pentecostalism is a force focused on appropriating state power, transforming the dynamics of the country and acting to demobilize civil society, further providing a trigger for Muslim revivalism.

Pentecostal Republic shows that religio-political contestations have become integral to Nigeria’s democratic process, and are fundamental to understanding its future. Join us for the book launch and a discussion on the topic with distinguished guest speakers, hosted by the Royal African Society.


Speakers:

Professor Ebenezer Obadare, Author & Professor of Sociology at University of Kansas

Dr Portia Roelofs, LSE Fellow, Department of International Development

Wale Lawal, Founder, Editor-in-Chief of the Republic

and others to be announced.

Moderator: Dr Marloes Janson - Associate Director of Research - Department of Anthropology & Sociology, SOAS

About the Series

Written by experts with an unrivalled knowledge of the continent, African Arguments is a series of concise, engaging books that address the key issues currently facing Africa. Topical and thought-provoking, accessible but in-depth, they provide essential reading for anyone interested in getting to the heart of both why contemporary Africa is the way it is and how it is changing. The African Arguments series is published for the International African Institute by Zed Books in association with the Royal African Society and the World Peace Foundation.

Copies of Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria by Ebenezer Obadare will be on sale at the event.


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