A history of Christianity in Nigeria: a bibliography of secondary literature
Hurlbut, D. Dmitri
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INTRODUCTION As long as scholars have been writing about the history of Nigeria, they have been writing about Christianity. After more than sixty years, however, it is time to take stock of this vast body of literature, and get a sense of where we have been and where we are going. It is my hope that the compilation of this relatively comprehensive bibliography, and a brief discussion of some of the gaps that need to be filled in the literature, will inspire scholars to take their historical research in exciting and novel directions. Based on a reading of this bibliography, I would like to suggest that future research into the history of Christianity in Nigeria should be directed in three broad directions. First, historians need to focus more research on the development of mainline mission churches following independence, because the historiography remains skewed in favor of independent churches. While the contribution of mission churches to the development of education, medicine, and language standardization in Nigeria has certainly received its fair share of attention, historians have neglected this research topic since nationalist scholars criticized them for not writing about the creative activities of African Christians in the late nineteen-sixties. Little information is known about Catholicism or the various Protestant denominations in Nigeria following the Second World War even though the majority of Nigerian Christians remain Catholic and Protestant. While this historiographical gap can partially be attributed to the lack of sources following the destruction of archival materials during the Nigerian Civil War, it is perhaps... [TRUNCATED]
African Studies Center Working Paper No. 269
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