By Y.A. Quadri, R.W. Omotoye and R.I. Adebayo
Definitions and descriptions of religion by anti-religion scholars, philosophers and scientists often downplay the role, relevance, functions and contributions of religion to the society, and usually reduce it to a mere set of beliefs, doctrines, rituals and spirituality. In Nigeria, most of the critics of religion often forget that they owe Western education championed by the missionaries for most of their accomplishments in life. This is in addition to the spiritual assistance and healthcare services provided by religious leaders and institutions in the country.
In our previous book – Religion in Contemporary Nigeria- we addressed issues in the use and misuse of religion in Nigeria. This volume focuses on the role of religion in Nigeria’s development.This carefully selected compendium contains the submissions of eminent scholars from African Traditional Religion, Christianity and Islam and is jointly edited by experienced professors in the fields. The overall aim is to enhance better understanding of religion as a veritable instrument of development in Nigeria.
Yasir Anjola Quadri is a Professor of Islamic Studies, specialising on Islamic thoughts with special focus on Sufism, philosophy and ethics. He is an eminent Professor of about three decades of experience at the University of Ilorin. Until his retirement from the service of the University recently, he was the Chairman of the Editorial Board of Centrepoint: A Journal of Intellectual Scientific and Cultural Interest, University of Ilorin. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of Ilorin Journal of Religious Studies and the Chairman, Library and Publications Committee of the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria.
Rotimi Williams Omotoye is a Professor of Christian Studies. His areas of specialisation are Church History, African Christianity, Pentecostal Churches, Ecumenical Movements and Inter-religious relations. He is currently the representative of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between University of Ilorin and the University of Georgia, Athens and the representative of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ilorin’s Ethical Research Committee. He is the author of several books and has also published in many national and international scholarly journals.
Rafiu Ibrahim Adebayo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religions, University of Ilorin. He specialises in Islamic thought with special focus on Islamisation of Knowledge, Muslim-Christian Relations, contemporary Islamic issues and Islamic philosophy. He belongs to a number of professional associations and was for many years the Coordinator of the Kwara/Southwest zone of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Nigeria Office. He has published manyworks to his credit in reputable international and national scholarly journals.