Beyond religious tolerance: Muslim, Christian and Traditionalist encounters in an African Town
It is we great pleasure that we announce the publication of our first book resulting from the Knowing Each Other survey and research project. The book is Edited by Insa Nolte, Olukoya Ogen and Rebecca Jones
In recent decades, religion has become an increasingly important factor of identification and political mobilisation. Based on an African case study, in the predominantly Muslim Yoruba town of Ede, this book calls for new ways of thinking about diversity that go "beyond religious tolerance". The authors challenge the assumption that religious difference automatically leads to conflict: here, in south-west Nigeria, Muslims, Christians and traditionalists have coexisted largely peacefully since the early twentieth century. They examine how Ede’s citizens experience religious difference in their everyday lives, the town’s royal history and relationship with the deity Sàngó, its old Islamic compounds and its Christian institutions, as well as marriage and family life across religious boundaries, to illustrate the multiplicity of religious practices in the life of the town and its citizens and to suggest an alternative approach to religious difference.