The Impact of Implementation of Sharia Law on Charismatic-Pentecostal Churches in Northwestern Nigeria, 1999 to 2007


African Humanities Program Dissertation Fellowships


Nigerian Charismatic-Pentecostal movements have become emblematic of the influence of Christian evangelistic crusades on mainstream society. Charismatic-Pentecostal Christianity is characteristically more determined to the spread of Christianity than were previous churches. It appears as if the implementation of Islamic Penal code in 1999 was a strategy of the vanguard of Islamic fundamentalists to check the influence of the Charismatic-Pentecostal churches. This study addresses the impact of Shariah on Charismatic and Pentecostal churches in Northwestern Nigeria. It presents the historical background of the situation, the conceptual framework of the study, and the emergency of religious fundementalism that culminated in the implementation of Shariah law in the seven states of Northwestern Nigeria. The study further documents the adjustments that Charismatic-Pentecostal churches have made to cope with the demands of Shariah law.