Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture
"Islam and Peace-Building in West Africa."
Delivered on October 3, 2011, by
Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III
Sultan of Sokoto in Nigeria
The Sultan of Sokoto is the religious leader of Nigeria's Muslim community, which consists of approximately half of the country's nearly 160 million inhabitants, and of millions of Muslims in adjoining countries in West Africa. He serves Nigeria as president-general of the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. His role continues the leadership of the Sokoto Caliphate that unified the region under Islamic law in the early nineteenth century.
This lecture was presented in partnership with the Harvard Divinity School.
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The Jodidi Lecture is among the most prominent annual lecture series of the Weatherhead Center and one of the most distinguished at the University. Established in 1955, the lecture series provides for the "delivery of lectures by eminent and well-qualified persons…for the promotion of tolerance, understanding and good will among nations, and the peace of the world."