Dialogue as communication: challenges and prospects for Christian-Muslim relationship in Kaduna State, Nigeria

Musa, Gerald Mamman (2012). Dialogue as communication: challenges and prospects for Christian-Muslim relationship in Kaduna State, Nigeria PhD Thesis, School of Journalism and Communication, The University of Queensland.

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Author Musa, Gerald Mamman
Thesis Title Dialogue as communication: challenges and prospects for Christian-Muslim relationship in Kaduna State, Nigeria
School, Centre or Institute School of Journalism and Communication
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Pradip Thomas
Nicholas Carah
Total pages 255
Total colour pages 8
Total black and white pages 247
Language eng
Subjects 20 Language, Communication and Culture
2099 Other Language, Communication and Culture
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies
2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies
Formatted abstract
     Post-conflict reconciliation can be a difficult process and future conflicts cannot be averted without understanding the underlying reasons for the conflicts. The principal objective of the thesis is to investigate the post-conflict reconciliation in Kaduna State and identify the causes of the so-called ethno-religious conflicts. Furthermore, the thesis points out some prospects for Christian-Muslim relationship.
     This thesis begins with historical overview of Christian-Muslim relationship on a global level and reviews the philosophical foundation of dialogue. The study adopts qualitative methodologies and a theoretical framework that combines concepts from dialogical philosophy, intercultural communication and interreligious studies in order to make sense of the Christian-Muslim relationship in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
     For over two decades Nigeria has recorded numerous conflicts and as a result thousands of people have lost their lives and property. Kaduna State, one of the thirty-six states of the Nigerian federation, is one of the conflict-prone states in the federation. There are several theories regarding the cause of these conflicts. Popular opinion refers to these conflicts as religious conflicts based on the assumption that religious and ethnic differences are to blame for the conflicts. This thesis identifies other underlying reasons for the conflicts.
     Kaduna state is a multireligious state and a multicultural state and management of diversity is a prerequisite for a peaceful and constructive relationship. This diversity is evident in the segregation that exists in the city of Kaduna where a bridge separates Christians from Muslims. Another evidence of a strong division within the state is the bi-polar (north-south) politics which is a fierce competition between the north and south over the distribution of power and resources.
     The scandalous disparity between the rich and the poor in the state has led other analysts to conclude that poverty exacerbates conflicts within the state. Besides poverty, the poor management of identities is at the root of conflicts. Government and non-government institutions are making effort for the restoration through a Peace Accord and for the restoration of a multireligious society through the Kaduna New Millenium City. The thesis examines some of the challenges of reconciliation and reintegration. The research goes further to design a four tasks proposal for interreligious co-operation in dealing with issues of common concern.
Keyword Christian
Interreligious dialogue
Kaduna State

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