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African Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various African countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Series: 15 programs (15 to 60 minutes). Click for more

Nigeria: Sharia Law

Nigeria: Sharia Law

Newly released after 15 years of military dictatorship, both Christians and Muslims in Nigeria are embracing their separate faiths with a renewed vigor. But amidst the prayers for paradise, violence has erupted and now religious programs threaten to engulf Africa's most populous nation. The Christian south blames the Muslim north for imposing Sharia law. Sharia is the strict Islamic code embracing medieval punishments like amputation, stoning and beheading for breaches of the Koranic code. The Governor of the northern state of Zamfara believes Sharia will solve many social problems. Drastic measures have proven hugely popular in a nation ridden with corruption. Indeed, many say Nigeria's civil conflict is as much about politics as faith. There’s the old rivalry between the three major tribal groups, a widening gap between rich and poor, and a struggle between those who support democracy and those who prefer the bad old days of military rule. Produced by ABC Australia. 04/08DE JSCA 20 min.
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