Bello Adamou Mahamadou – Remoboko

Religious dynamics and the interaction between religion and secularity at Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey, Niger

Bello Adamou Mahamadou

Religious diversity marks Abdou Moumouni University with Muslim groups (Salafi, Sufi, Shiites, Tablighi, etc.), Christians (Catholics, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, etc.), Baha’i, etc. coexisting on the same campus. This project sets out to study religiosity in a context until recently dominated by Marxism-Leninism. One of its goals is to understand how religion managed to acquire significance in the lives of students.

The project investigates also the interactions between Salafi and Pentecostals, the ways in which they influence and borrow from each other, and share the same campus. It is particularly interested in analyzing the strategies religious organizations use to persuade students to embrace religious practice.

Finally, and as part of study of religiosity on campus, the project will examine how religion (mainly Salafism and Pentecostalism) interacts with secularity. This dimension of my project entails examining how university authorities manage religious organizations on campus.

  • Photo on the top: Students praying in the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines (FLSH) at Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey (UAM).

Photos below the text, from left to right:

  • Photo 1 : The Christian student members of Groupe Biblique des Élèves et Étudiants du Niger (GBEE) sing in the classroom of FLSH.
  • Photo 2 : The Pentecostal students of UAM are following the sermon of their pastor in their church (une église de maison) during a week of prayer and fasting to prepare spiritually for the upcoming year 2021.
  • Photo 3 : Soufi students following the sermons during the celebration of Maoulid (the birthday of Prophet Muhammad) at UAM.
  • Photo 4 : Maoulid is an annual activity that the 'zawiya des étudiants musulmans à l’université de Niamey' organise at the campus and during which they invite cheikhs from Niamey City or others cities in Niger and Nigeria.
  • Photo 5 : The Muslim students during the friday prayer at the campus of UAM.

All photos taken by Bello Adamou Mahamadou.