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Religious Pluralism and the Nigerian State: Mis Af#66
by Simeon Olusegun Ilesanmi and Simeon O. Ilesanmi
Ohio University Press, 1996
Paper: 978-0-89680-194-3
Library of Congress Classification BL2470.N5I37 1997
Dewey Decimal Classification 291.17209669


In the case of Nigeria, scholarship on religious politics has not adequately taken into account the pluralistic context and the idealistic pretensions of the state that inhibit the possibility of forging an enduring civic amity among Nigeria’s diverse groups. Ilesanmi proposes a new philosophy or model of religio-political interaction, which he calls dialogic politics. Dialogic politics celebrates pluralism and suggests that religious institutions he construed as mediating structures functioning as buffers between individual citizens in search of existential meaning and cultural identity and the impersonal state, which tends to gravitate toward instrumental objectives. Ilesanmi’s study offers a fresh perspective on the complex relations between political attitudes and religious convictions.

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