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Muslims Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Democracy, and Law in Northern Nigeria

Brandon Kendhammer


For generations, both Islamic and Western intellectuals and policymakers have debated the prospects of Islam’s compatibility with democratic government, usually to few solid conclusions. Sadly, the voices of ordinary, working-class Muslims have been largely absent from these conversations, even as the fate of democracy across the Muslim world rests primarily in their hands. Muslims Talking Politics tells the story of one such community of Muslims in northern Nigeria, which has over the past 20 years witnessed a stunning return to democracy alongside both widespread popular agitation for the im ... More

Keywords: Nigeria, Islam, democracy, Sharia, African politics, political Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226368986
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226369174.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brandon Kendhammer, author
Ohio University