Freie Universität Berlin


Sacred Ambiguity: The Changing Face of Religion in Contemporary Nigeria

31.05.2016 | 18:30 - 20:00

Public Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jacob K. Olupona (Harvard Univ.) | With a response by Prof. Dr. Birgit Meyer (Utrecht Univ.)

Nigeria is unique among African countries as it has the largest population and the greatest cultural and ethnic diversity. It is also the largest country in the world with an approximate balance between its Christian and Muslim population. Despite these centrifugal challenges, Nigeria has maintained its national and territorial integrity. Prof. Olupona’s lecture will highlight dynamics of religious tension, conflict, co-existence, and reconciliation in the evolution of modern Nigeria, especially since political independence in 1960.

Prof. Dr. Jacob Kehinde Olupona is Professor of African Religious Traditions and Professor of African and African American Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, USA. He is a leading authority in the comparative study of religion in West Africa and has carried out extensive research on African indigenous religion in Nigeria, as well as the dynamics of civil religion and religious pluralism in Africa and the African diaspora. As recipient of the Reimar Lüst award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he is currently a visiting fellow at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin.

Zeit & Ort

31.05.2016 | 18:30 - 20:00

Freie Universität Berlin
Holzlaube | Room 2.2059
Fabeckstr. 23-25
14195 Berlin

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