Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781786992376 Will Publish October 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786992383 Will Publish October 2018 For sale in North and South America only

Pentecostal Republic

Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria

Ebenezer Obadare

Pentecostal Republic

Ebenezer Obadare

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252 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781786992376 Will Publish October 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786992383 Will Publish October 2018 For sale in North and South America only
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, Ebanezere 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.

Covering events of recent decades to the election of Buhari, Pentecostal Republic shows that religio-political contestations have become integral to Nigeria’s democratic process, and are fundamental to understanding its future.
Review Quotes
Jacob Olupona, Harvard Divinity School
”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.”
Brandon Kendhammer, Ohio University
”A must-read. Clearly argued and highly informative, there is nothing quite like it on the market given its contemporary focus. Tackling questions beyond those focused on a single religious tradition, it will find an avid scholarly readership.”
Olufemi Vaughan, Amherst College
”An authoritative work on the politics of Nigeria’s Pentecostal revolution during the country’s fourth attempt at constitutional democracy. An important text in African political studies.”
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