Research Papers/Topics in Religious Studies

Religion and its Role in Conflict Resolution

Today, there are many conflicts around the world. More often, the issues in conflicts are traceable to religion by some scholars. And this constitutes a problem as to if religion can offer anything positive in the resolution of conflict and building of peace in the society. Most of the time, religion is viewed as a motive for conflict and has emerged as a key component in many current and past conflicts. However, religion does not always drive violence; it is also an integral factor in the re...

EXEGETICAL STUDY OF ACTS 6:1-4 AND POLITICAL RESTRUCTURING OF NIGERIA

The church in Jerusalem represented in Acts 6 verses 1–4 was promptly challenged by the problem of inequity and lack of fair play among the various stakeholders and such disaffection reached a situation of murmur and open agitation. This challenge to the apostles was a threat to the consolidation of the already established Christian community in Jerusalem and its spread to the whole world. Something must be done to arrest the situation or the Church runs the risk of disintegration. Having s...

THE CHRISTIAN IDENTITY IN A CORRUPT SOCIETY

This exegetical paper explores the issue of Christian identity against the backdrop of contemporary pluralistic society, defined by a multitude of traditions, views, and stances. It makes use of 1 Peter 2:9-10 to enable a fuller and theologically fruitful image of Christian identity. As MacFarland argues that Christian identity is a relational, dynamic, multifaceted, and open entity, characterized by its embeddedness in culture, its struggle to engage with power constructively, and its intent...

THE PERIL OF INSECURITY IN NIGERIA AND THE CHURCH’S CHARACTER: AN EXEGETICAL STUDY OF PSALMS 91:1-16

The Nigerian society is really experiencing a high level of insecurity in both the northern and southern part. This has become a major issue for the country since 1990 when the activities of the Niger Delta militants started until recent times when Boko Haram insurgents arose in the Northern part of the country. Since then, Nigeria has witnessed unprecedented security challenges. These challenges ranges from kidnapping, suicide attacks, bombings, ritual killings, assassinations, armed robbery...

Is Interreligious Dialogue Syncretism?

Interreligious dialogue, also referred to as interfaith dialogue, is about people of different faiths coming to a mutual understanding and respect that allows them to live and cooperate with each other in spite of their differences. In other words it refers to cooperative, constructive and positive interaction between people of different religious traditions (i.e. “faiths”) and/or spiritual or humanistic beliefs, at both the individual and institutional levels (Arinze 43). It is distinct ...

Hisbah and Sharia Law Enforcement in Metropolitan Kano

Abstract The reintroduction of Sharia in the twelve states of northern Nigeria between 1999 and 2000 underscores the salience of Islam in the politics and governmentalities of the region. Popular pressure led to the reintroduction of Sharia in Kano, but its trajectory signified usage for administrative convenience and legitimacy prompted by the challenges of democratic change. The reintroduction of Sharia was a convergence of state Islam and popular Islam. Hisbah was established to e...

The Impact of Itinerant Scholars on the Propagation of Islām in Ibadan, Nigeria

Abstract The advent of Islam in Ibadan, in about 1829, was made possible by the arrival of some Muslim scholars from the Northern part of the country. They were Igun Olorun, Ahmad Qifu and Uthman Baasunu who respectively became the first three Imams in the city. For the spread of the faith, these Mallams and their indigenous disciples adopted education and preaching methods. For education, they established Qur’anic schools in almost all quarters and villages where people were taugh...

TIME VALUE OF MONEY AND THE CHRONOLOGICAL REVELATIONS ON RIBA IN THE QURAN

AbstractWhile some Scholars are of the view that Islam permits simple interest but frowns at compound interest due to time value of money, many consider both to be prohibited. It is against this backdrop that the paper examines and interprets the meaning of the word riba in the contexts in which they are used in the four places in the Qur’an and the Hadith. Using the analysis in these sources, the study finds that ad'qfan muda'afah in Q3:130 means a continual i...

Enhancing Moments Of Truth To Amplify Users Perception Of University Libraries In Kenya

ABSTRACTThere is a weakness in the way university libraries manage various moment of truth.

Christian-Muslim Dialogue With Particular Reference To Pentecostals And Muslims In Nairobi, Kenya

Interfaith dialogue is becoming a household name in our global society within the context of religious pluralism. Christians and Muslims are widely spread across the globe commanding almost a half of global population. Some Christians, particularly among some Pentecostals view Muslims with distrust, apprehension and rivalry. In Nairobi, Kenya, features of mistrust, disharmony, and intolerance among Pentecostal churches toward Muslims have been witnessed and vice versa. The study explored ...