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Pentecostal republic. Religion and the struggle for state power in Nigeria

Author: Ebenezer Obadare
Publisher: London : Zed Books 2018.
Series: African arguments.
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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.0Through the lens of Christian-Muslim struggles for supremacy, Ebenezer Obadare  Read more...
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Obadare, Ebenezer.
Pentecostal republic. Religion and the struggle for state power in Nigeria.
London : Zed Books 2018
(OCoLC)1050733507
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ebenezer Obadare
ISBN: 9781786992390 1786992396 9781786992406 178699240X
OCLC Number: 1055160905
Description: 1 online resource (240 pages)
Contents: Cover; About the author; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Pentecostal republic, enchanted democracy; Introduction: demons in the villa; State of siege; A Pentecostal republic; An African test case; Intellectual context and outline of chapters; 2. 1999-2007: Pentecostalism ascendant; Obasanjo builds a mosque; From chaos to order; Power shifts: the (second) coming of Obasanjo; The rise of 'political Christianity'; A prayer answered: the making of a 'born-again' president; Christians in power; Courting the theocratic class Sharia politicsConclusion: Obasanjo, Pentecostal?; 3. 2007-10: a Muslim interlude?; An Òrìṣà follower's stand; From Obasanjo to Yar'Adua; The rise of Boko Haram; A crisis of absence; Prophetic politics; Terminal struggle; Conclusion; 4. 2010-15: Pentecostalism re-ascendant; Introduction: a president, his confidant, and a botched arms deal; Between North and South; The 'lucky' one; Bio-politics; Performing piety; Queer politics; Politics of insurgency; News of a kidnapping; Conclusion: a lesson in performance; 5. Electoral theologies; Introduction: a royal blessing; Religion talk Acts of faithGame of robes; Conclusion; 6. 'Kill them before they kill you': on violent Pentecostalism; Introduction: the pastor as fortune teller; Ubiquitous evil: the cosmos of Pastor D. K. Olukoya; On the violent heart of Pentecostal praxis; Quotidian violence in Africa: between the epochal and the episodic; Violent Pentecostalism?; 7. Conclusion; Introduction: a political bromance; Spiritual radicalism; A reactionary turn; Final thoughts: democracy and invisible power; Notes; References; Index
Series Title: African arguments.
Responsibility: ebenezer Obadare.

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The first comprehensive study of the complex and often incendiary role played by religion in contemporary Nigerian democracy.  Read more...

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'The best work on religion in Nigeria that I have read in recent years. It will have a profound impact on African studies, religion and sociology.'Jacob Olupona, Harvard Divinity School`A work that Read more...

 
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