In Nigeria, a country associated with conflict and violence, a common phrase in Pidgin English
used to characterize the nation is “Nigeria is a war.” However, as J. D. Y. Peel has pointed out in
his extensive work, Christian-Muslim relations in Nigeria are not marked just by conflict and
violence. Christians and Muslims have long lived side by side in Yorubaland in southwestern
Nigeria, often in harmony with practitioners of Yoruba religion—the boundaries between the
three not always sharply demarcated (Peel 2000). In line with J. D. Y.’s optimistic nature, his work
has a positive message: the Yoruba teach us about how different faiths can co-exist in peace.