Come August 15th, 2018, students and enthusiasts of political Islam in Nigeria will have an opportunity to hear more about the internal dimension of that dynamics within the faith. This will be happening when a book edited by the late Prof Abdul Raufu Mustapha and titled Sects and Social Disorder: Muslim Identities and Conflict in Northern Nigeria is presented to the public that day. Online newspaper, Premium Times is hosting the presentation at Yar’Adua Centre in the capital city.
Although published much, much earlier, the book under reference still speaks to questions of what, why and how of Islam and in relation to the current security convulsion in Nigeria. At a time when the self-understanding of Boko Haram leaders and other Islamist groups is that they are carrying out a Jihad, a book of that title must be a tempting one across the religious spectrum.
Two other books are scheduled for presentation that day too. One of them is on Quaranic Schools in Northern Nigeria by the European International Development scholar, Hanna Hoechner. The invitation to the occasion has not indicated the book reviewers and other speakers, the authors who wrote the different chapters Sects and Disorder are, however, cutting edge scholars.