Yusufu Turaki Foundation and Otakada.org Publishing – Foreword by Patrick Sookhdeo
Islam, Colonialism and Slavery
in Northern Nigeria
Revised Edition 2019
In recent years violent attacks by Muslims in Nigeria have left thousands of Christians dead. Much of the conflict has occurred in the Middle Belt, and also in the North where the Church is a small and vulnerable minority. Islamic sharia is the main source of law in the North, and some Islamists there are calling for the establishing of an Islamic state.
In this important study Professor Yusufu Turaki traces the origins of the current crisis to the historical impact of Islam on Northern Nigerian society. He discusses the nature and significance of Islamic colonialism and slavery in West Africa, and how their malign influence was entrenched by the British colonial administration of the twentieth century. These practices, he argues, have bequeathed a tainted legacy of discrimination and cruelty to the Christians of Northern Nigeria.
I was most impressed by the content of this book. Yusufu Turaki has spoken the truth and supported it by facts. His evidence is indisputable and his analysis accurate. Christians and Muslims in Nigeria can and should work together for the building of the nation and its people on a foundation of truth and to turn their back on its tainted legacy. This book calls for an honest discussion on the issues of the day in Nigeria.
The Most Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, Archbishop of Jos
In a world where conflict between Islam and the West dominates political, economic and religious news, few things are as important as thorough, well- researched studies of the history that has produced the current situation.
In this volume Yusufu Turaki has produced a superb example of this kind of history, with specific reference to the role of Islam in the development of slavery in Africa. Anyone who would understand the present conflict between Islam and Christianity in Africa must read this book.
Dr Samuel Logan, International Director, The World Reformed Fellowship
Professor Turaki knows this area very well and has taught in this part of the country as well as being involved in church leadership for many years.
He speaks with much first-hand experience of the issues. Anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the role of Islam in Africa and its impact on the slave trade needs to read this important book, but also it speaks into some of the difficult issues we see in the world today.
Malcolm L. McGregor, SIM International Director