10. Some Muslim spokesmen have contended that secularism has divested the Muslims of their right to Sharí'ah law while imposing no similar disability on Christians, a contention that does not accurately reflect the fate that, according to R. H. Tawney, had befallen Christianity when it was subjected to privatization in early modern Europe, with the church removed from having any public role in society. R. H. Tawney, Religion and the Rise of Capitalism: A Historical Study (Harmondsworth, U.K.: Penguin Books, 1998), 272. Under much of colonial rule, accordingly, the churches were severely restricted by being privatized, Nigeria not excepted.


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