Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Religion, Peacebuilding, and Human Security in Africa (A Case Study of Jos Plateau State Nigeria)
by Enyiaka, Canice Chinyeaka, Ph.D., Howard University, 2019, 275; 13886819
Abstract (Summary)

The research examines the problem of conflict and violence in Jos Plateau state Nigeria. To address the issue, the study explores religion as a tool for sustainable peace and human security. Literature review on the subject reveals a wide range of perspectives that explain the Phenomenon. The thesis of the study is that religion plays a significant role in peacebuilding and human security by applying the traditional and universal principles and values that have served communities over the centuries. Qualitative methodologies were employed in examining several factors closely associated with conflict and violence in Jos. Findings of the study support the thesis that religious traditions and communities served individuals and communities in promoting the goals of sustainable peace and human security by providing the necessary tools and resources that are needed in rebuilding broken relationships and enhancing collaborations.  Various identity and intercommunal violent conflicts have punctuated the life of Jos town since the dawn of the new millennium. Some of the deadliest violence that erupted in Jos in recent time took place in 1994, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2014. Implications of the study point to the imperatives for governments, regional and international regimes, policymakers, local institutions, and all stakeholders integrate religious leaders and communities in drafting and implementing policies to achieve social cohesion and human security.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, Krista, Hailu, Alem
Commitee: Camara, Mohamed, David, Wilfred, Gregorian, Hrach
School: Howard University
Department: African Studies
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-A 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African Studies, Religion, Peace Studies
Keywords: African studies, Conflict, Human security, Nigeria, Peacebuilding, Religion
Publication Number: 13886819
ISBN: 978-1-392-28274-8
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