HDS 3704

Religion and Society in Nigeria: Seminar

Jacob Olupona


Religion is pivotal to the understanding of the history, culture, and politics of Nigeria's nation-state. The seminar examines the historical development of religion in Nigeria and explores its intersection with ethnic identity, culture, and society in pre-colonial, colonial, and contemporary periods. The course provides an understanding of various cultural traditions, historical events, and social forces that have shaped - and continue to shape - Nigeria's religious experiences and expression. The course will explore many topical issues, such as indigenous religious culture, Christian and Muslim identities, Islam, Christianity, and the state, civil religion; Muslim-Christian relations; religion and law; civil society and democratization, as well as many important interpretations of religion and politics in present-day Nigeria.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as AAAS 192x


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Spring 2015
Course times to be announced.
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • African and African American Religious Studies
  • Comparative Studies
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • African Religions
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None