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Unformatted text preview: Religious Conflict I n recent years there have been heightened levels of conflict and violence between different religious communities in Africa. These conflicts are the result of religious differences, political-economic instability, conflicts over resources, and other social tensions. Economic and political problems get translated into a personal sense of tension and unease, what he calls "spiritual insecurity." There is also the fact that violence tends to spark more violence, as cycles of violence are created by groups seeking mutual revenge for previous attacks. For example, in Yelwa, central Nigeria, in May of 2004, people said to be from a predominantly Christian area made two raids on a Muslim town and killed several hundred people in retaliation for an attack made on Christians by Muslims two months earlier. In turn, this cycle of violence is traceable to large-scale fighting that broke out in September of 2001 in the once peaceful city of Jos. In South Africa as apartheid collapsed, September of 2001 in the once peaceful city of Jos....
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- Spring '10
- Islam, Sudan, spiritual insecurity, spiri tual insecurity