Islamica

NOTES:

  1. This page provides detailed coverage of the series Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations, after which comes a bibliography of my other Islamica materials.
  2. 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)

Click on each volume number to bring up a page describing that volume, including chapter outlines and appendices.

Click here for information on how to order any of these books. Click here to learn more about author John Boer.

Comments on this series:

From the frontline trenches of the struggle:

I sincerely thank you so much for taking pain to go through my deep provocative writings (in volume 7). I enjoyed the most your comments and questions, which made my writings and ideas come alive. More importantly, your pointing out the areas of Christian weaknesses only go to strengthen our cause. Bravo!

The Rev. Prof. Dr. Yusufu Turaki,
Former General Secretary of the Evangelical Churches of West Africa (ECWA)
Former Principal of the JOS ECWA Theological Seminary
Former Vice President of the Nigerian Christian Association

From academia:

"The research done here is amazing."

Prof. Dennis Danielson (PhD, Stanford University),
Head of English Dept., University of British Columbia
Author of books on the poet Milton and on issues in the history of Astronomy

"Well done on this writing project. Very impressive and useful."
Dr. Timothy Palmer, Theological College of Northern Nigeria

From the business:

"We certainly want to be involved in the distribution of this set that is of growing importance to Nigeria. We would also like to distribute the Companion CD…."

Dr. Sidney Garland,
Executive Director, Africa Christian Textbooks, Jos, Nigeria

From the street:

"The books went well at the…Tribunal Hearing, where both Christians and a few Muslims bought them. Some people promised that they will mail you to tell you did a very sound research about the religious problems in Nigeria. I should commend you on a good job! Some who could not get copies, have been calling me all this while…."

Numshi Augustine,
Nigerian Retailer

From a reader of the Companion CD-ROM:

"The CD, sir, is a gift of a lifetime. It's a whole library you are donating to me and humanity."

Nasir Baba,
PhD Candidate, Zamfara State, Nigeria

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.

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

Some of these goals will be implied, not argued.

Ordering Information

Distributors:

Essence Publishing, Belleville, ON, Canada

ACTS Bookshops at Theological College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN), Jos, Nigeria, and other Nigerian theological institutions around the country

A few local bookshops in Jos, Nigeria.

Available also as E-Books at < www.lulu.com > under < Jan H Boer >. Free of charge! Anywhere in the world!


About Author Boer*

Dr. Jan H. Boer – aka “John,” the English equivalent – was born in The Netherlands and immigrated to British Columbia, Canada, with his parental family during his teens. At age 20, after becoming a Canadian citizen, he promptly left the country and spent 43 years abroad, as a student in Europe and the USA and as an inter-church worker in Nigeria. He returned to “retire” in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he wrote most of this series. For more details about his life and career as well as other books he has written, turn to the About and Boeriana pages of his website.

Boer served for 30 years in Nigeria, during which time he observed and experienced very closely the interplay between that country’s Christians and Muslims. He developed a Christian-Muslim archive on the subject that contains extensive newspaper and magazine articles, mostly in English, but some in the Hausa language, quite a number from now defunct publications no longer available. He also gathered many conference reports and lectures both in hard and electronic format, quite a few rare documents no longer available, many of them in English, some in the Hausa language. And, of course, throughout his writing, he made grateful use of the internet with its wealth of scholarly and other documents on the subject.

During that same time period, Boer took time to obtain his doctorate from the Free University of Amsterdam with his dissertation Missionary Messengers of Liberation in a Colonial Context, a tome of 530 pages. This constitutes a thorough examination of the relationship of colonialism and religion in Nigeria, an issue that even today plays an important role in the Christian-Muslim struggle of that country. That study forms the backdrop to the current series you are about to examine. It provided Boer with the tools to understand the current bitter disagreements between the two. (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1979. See also the more popular summary with the title, Missions: Heralds of Capitalism or Christ? Ibadan: Daystar Press, 1984.)

Simultaneously, Boer studied the worldview issues that also have given shape to the interplay between these two religions. He discovered that the dualistic separation of religion and secularism, imported by Western missionaries, has shortchanged Christians in their understanding of and approach to their Muslim neighbours who tend to hold to a more comprehensive and dynamic perspective on religion. And then, of course, there is the aggressive Nigerian Muslim attitude towards da’wah or missionary outreach, a right they claim for themselves but deny to others.

Boer has done thorough research for which academics praise him. His academic background and life experience have fully equipped him for this series. But, a natural free-lancer, he has taken freedom in his use of popular language and expressions, sometimes breaking out into humorous bylines in Hausa or Nigerian English. So, academic-level research; personal expression. Sometimes humorous; sometimes very personal. As one reviewer put it, “Boer writes as he speaks.” Not quite, perhaps, but close – sometimes!


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.

Read more...


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 office@missionsfestvancouver.ca. Or contact Boer via boerjf@hotmail.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.”

“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


www.ChristianMuslimWorld.blogspot.com


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).


NOTES:*

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 < boerjf@hotmail.com >. 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.

VSVancouver Sun.

Woord & Daad – a magazine from the University of Potchefstroom, South Africa.