- This page provides detailed coverage of the series Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations, after which comes a bibliography of my other Islamica materials.
- Most of the documents listed below have their backgrounds and reasons explained in the memoirs listed at the top of the bibliography in Boeriana.
Introducing the series:
Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations*
(A 9-volume series – Total of 2700 pages)
- Vol. 1: Nigeria's Decades of Blood (2003) – 155 pages
- Vol. 2: Muslims: Why the Violence (2004) – 193 pages
- Vol. 3: Christians: Why the Muslim Violence? (2004) – 334 pages
- Vol. 4: Muslims: Why We Reject Secularism (2005) – 265 pages
- Vol. 5: Christians: Secularism – Yes and No (2006) – 285 pages
- Vol. 6: Muslims: Why Muslim Sharia Law (2007) – 393 pages
- Vol. 7: Christians: Why We Reject Muslim Law (2008) – 517 pages
- Vol. 8: Christians and Muslims: Parameters for Living Together (2009) – 560 pages
- Vol. 9: Companion CD-ROM (2009) – All volumes plus 1000s of articles
Click on each volume number to bring up a page describing that volume, including chapter outlines and appendices.
Author's comments on the series:
This series of studies deals with Christian-Muslim relations. Though I concentrate on Nigeria, it is Nigeria as a case study with global implications.
- What dynamics develop when you have two large blocks of these religions living together? These large blocks are some 60 million each!
- What happens when you have these two aggressive missionary religions competing for a place in the sun?
- What happens when a once almost supreme Muslim community is confronted with an emerging Christian community that has woken up to a growing sense of political awareness and power?
- What happens when you have a confrontation between a Muslim community that vehemently rejects secularism in favour of sharia and a Christian community that insists on a form of secularism?
- What happens when both communities are fearful, mistrusting of and angry with each other so that they can no longer hear each other out?
The flow of events in Nigeria is a powerful example of how things are NOT to be done from either side. I expect that Nigerians who read these monographs will feel deeply ashamed of the violence they unleash on each other in the name of their respective religions. They should! Especially now that their violence is perpetrated before the face of the entire world. They defile not only the name of their people, but also of their two major religions.
But these studies are not written only or even primarily to embarrass Nigerians, though I hope that shame will play a constructive role here. The main purpose is to arrive at some parameters within which they can develop more positive relations with each other, relations of respect and tolerance that will allow both religions to flourish within the one nation.
These relations have been bedeviled by untold blood shed and destruction ever since the 1970s. The series describes and explains the riots themselves and the issues of confrontation. Most of the study concentrates on the opinions of Nigerian Muslims and Christians themselves by providing extensive quotations and appendices, especially from the media. Each volume deals with a separate aspect of the relationship.
These studies do away with political correctness and religious wishful thinking. We are encouraged to get real. The fatal influence and role of secularism in these relationships in Nigeria come across very pointedly. The weak inheritance of a dualistic gospel transmitted by Christian missions also is explained and constitutes a major reason for confusion in Nigeria. Muslim aggressiveness is another major reason.
What This Series Seeks to Accomplish
- To contribute to the search for a solution to Nigeria's religious violence by establishing some necessary parameters.
- To demonstrate the horrors and dangers that arise when religious institutions are distorted into power blocks and parties or into weapons of manipulation instead of vehicles for service.
- To illustrate that secularism…
- Leads to anger and resentment among Muslims.
- Derails Christian thought.
- Prevents rapprochement between the two religions.
- Is not a suitable solution in Nigeria due to secularism's anemic view of religion, its arrogance, self-delusion and partiality.
- To help Christians develop amore Biblical and wholistic view of their religion.
- To demonstrate to Muslims that the picture of dualistic Christianity they have been given is an impoverished version and that a healthier, more wholistic version exists.
- To urge Muslims to adjustand update their traditional sense of pluralism and tolerance to the current situation in Nigeria.
- To convince the secular West that it must take religion seriously, respect it – not merely tolerate it – and incorporate it into their political equations.
Some of these goals will be implied, not argued.
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ADDITIONAL WRITINGS ON CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM RELATIONS
Retooling Our Approach to Sharia: A Wholistic and Pluralistic Perspective*
The late Bishop Adeolu Adegbola was a man with wide-ranging interests and sympathies. The fact that this annual series of lectures normally focuses on development and poverty reduction is reflective of one of his major preoccupations.
For reasons I will not take time to explain, this lecture has a different focus, namely the issue of how we handle the sharia challenge. This, too, was one of his strong concerns.
Though the sharia issue appears to have died down, a perusal of the internet indicates that the issue is still ongoing and causing headlines right up into 2011.
BIBLIOGRAPHY ON CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM RELATIONS
Lectures and Articles*
NOTE: The history, origin or occasion of some of the articles and lectures in this bibliography are lost in history, at least partially due to our international moving about. I provide you with the most complete information available.
But for those using the Boer papers in the Yale archives, I can assure you that most items listed here can be found there, with the exception of some of the materials written, to my embarrassment, on scratch paper. I had a choice between discarding them or face the embarrassment!
Items followed by an asterisk (*) are explained at the end of this page.
“Headscarves, Secularism Versus Islam.” Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 9: Companion CD*, Dec/2013 (9 pp).
“Thoughts about Islam and Christianity.” Six questions from the Editor of Christian Courier (CC)*:
What are the most striking similarities and difference between the religion of Islam and Christianity? Sept. 13/2010 (p. 12).
Is the religion of Islam a threat to Christianity and Western societies? Oct. 11/2010 (p. 12).
What are some frequent misconceptions about Islam and how do we counter them? Nov. 8/2010 (p. 14).
How does the Quran say women should be treated, and does this conform to or contradict what is practiced in many Muslim countries or cultures? Dec. 13/2010 (p. 16).
What can Christians learn from Islam? Jan. 10/2011 (p. 12).
How can Christian witness effectively to Muslims? Feb. 14/2011 (p. 12).
“Www: Wholistic World Witness.” Lecture presented at Missions Fest, Jan/2008, Vancouver, Canada. Available on CD from Missions Fest www.missionsfestvancouver.ca or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Or contact Boer via email@example.com.
“Relating to Muslims in a Post-9/11 World.” In FirstNEWS, Newsletter of First Baptist Church, Vancouver, BC, Sept. 14-21/2008.
www.ChristianMuslimWorld.blogspot.com, a blog I ran for a short while.
“Introducing a Christian Alternative to Secularism.” Lecture presented to an Inter-Faith Dialogue, organized by the International Centre for Gender and Social Research, Rayfield-Jos, Nigeria, Feb 9/2005 (pp. 12).
“Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations: Introduction to the Project.” Lecture delivered at the Theological College of Nigeria, Bukuru, Nigeria. Jan/2005 (pp. 11).
“The Anatomy of Miss World.” CC*, March 3/2003 (pp. 12-13).
“Nigerian Muslims and the Miss World Pageant.” TRB,* No. 39, March/2003 (pp. 36-43); Woord & Daad*, No. 386, Summer/2003 (pp. 25-29).
“Western-Christian-Muslim Relations in the Current Crisis: A Christian Challenge.” Woord & Daad,* No. 380, Winter/2002 (pp. 24-28).
“Nigerian Islam vs Secularism.” Woord & Daad,* No. 379, Autumn/2002 (pp. 20-24); REC Focus*, No. 2, Sept/2002 (pp. 35-43).
“Western-Christian-Muslim Relations in the Current Crisis: A Christian Challenge.” Woord & Daad,* no. 380, 2002 (pp. 24-28).
“Christianity, Islam, and the Secular West.” Perspectives,* Aug-Sept/2002 (pp. 14-18).
“Western-Christian-Muslim Relations in the Current Crisis.” CC,* May 20, 2002.
“Secularism: The Major Culprit.” VS*, Dec. 14/2001.
“The Christian-Muslim Standoff in Nigeria.”
- Part I: “The Christian Viewpoint.” CC,* Jan. 22/2001, pp. 17-18.
- Part II: “The Muslim Viewpoint.” CC,* Feb. 5/2001, pp. 15-16.
“The Voice of Islam.” CC,* Nov. 26/2001, pp. 13-14.
“Christian-Muslim Relations in Nigeria.” CC,* 2001?, pp. 4.
“World Council of Churches: Too Good or Not Good Enough?” CC,* Dec/2000.
“The Nigerian Christian-Muslim Standoff: Some Underlying Issues.” TRB,* No. 33, March/2000, pp. 4-23. TCNN website: www.tcnn.edu.
“Muslim Evangelism in Nigeria.” Lecture at Calvin College, Jan/2000 (pp. 13).
The indented materials below constitute papers I have delivered at the West MichiganTheological Society over the period of 1997-2001, but were never published.
“A Tragedy of Wasted Opportunity: Two Decades of Religious Violence in Nigeria.”
“The Nigerian Christian-Muslim Standoff: Some Underlying Issues; Parameters for a Solution.”
“Islam Vs Secularism: The Nigerian Radical Position.”
The indented materials below represent essays written for inclusion in various volumes of the Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations series, but did not make it. They nevertheless contain read-worthy materials.
“Points of Friction,” Feb/2000 (pp.40).
“Interreligious Problems in Nigeria: Religious Statistics,” May/1998 (pp. 7-1); July/1998 (pp. 11-21).
“Christian Objections to the Shari’a.” Apr/1998 (pp. 1-44).
“Muslim Missiology” (pp. 1-37).
“Oppose Worldviews: Secularism vs Wholism” (pp. 1-6).
“The Perceived Role of Governments” (pp. 4).
“Christian-Muslim Relations in Nigeria.” Lecture at King’s University College, Edmonton, Oct/1995 (pp. 17).
“Islam in Nigeria.” A deputation lecture, Aug/1995 (pp. 5).
Letter to Yakubu Masoyi about Bitrus Sadiq. Jan. 9/1995.
“Report on Verification Journey.” For KAMA, Apr/1992 (pp. 3).
Christianity and Islam under Colonialism in Northern Nigeria. Jos, Nigeria: ICS,* 1988 (68 pp). In dialogue with a former Nigerian Muslim Minister of Education.
Letter to editor of Toronto Globe & Mail along with supporting documents, June 11/1984.
“The Last Crusade.” Hand-written notes.
Notes on Secularism—2 manilla envelopes in the Yale archives
Reviews of Boer Islamica Writings*
Den Boggende, Bert. Review of Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations, Vols. 4-6, CC,* Oct. 12/2009 (p. 11).
Den Boggende, Bert. Review of Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 1—Nigeria’s Decades of Blood, CC*, June 22/2009 (pp. 17-18).
Palmer, Timothy. Review of Christians and Muslims: Parameters for Living Together (Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations, vol. 8), TRC* 55 Sept/ 2001 (38-40).
Christian Courier (CC) – a Christian bi-monthly based in St. Catherines, ON, Canada.
Companion CD – A CD that not only contains the text of the entire Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations, but also contains the appendices of most of the volumes of that series. Without that CD at hand, you have an incomplete series. While I last, copies are available from Boer at < firstname.lastname@example.org >. Otherwise, request a copy from the Yale Divinity School Archives or from Calvin College’s Heritage Hall.
ICS – Institute of Church & Society, Jos/Ibadan, Nigeria
Perspectives – “A Journal of Reformed Thought” published by the Reformed Church Press.
REC Focus – quarterly journal of the Reformed Ecumenical Council.
TCNN Research Bulletin (TRB) – TCNN is the Theological College of Northern Nigeria.
VS – Vancouver Sun.
Woord & Daad – a magazine from the University of Potchefstroom, South Africa.