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Jan H. Boer Collection on Christian-Muslim Relations in Nigeria

Call Number: RG 228

Scope and Contents

These archives were developed by Boer for his own private use. The organization is based mostly on year of publication. Within each year the materials have been divided according to format or genre, e.g. Papers/essays/printous (includes photocopies from books and web printouts as well as typescript papers, etc.), Newspaper articles, Magazine articles, Letters/emails/printouts. The format categories overlap. Of use in discovering materials within these folders is a set of notes compiled by Boer for materials dated 2000-2008. These notes are available in digital form on a CD contained in the final folder of the collection (Box 13, folder 11). Keyword searching of the notes for each year will enable the researcher to make connections with the documents available in the collection.

Additional notes, writings, clippings, articles, and books were received in 2014 and are organized in Series III, Addendum.

An overview of Boer's eight-volume work, Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations (Belleville, Ont. : Essence Pub.), is available at


  • 1950-2008
  • Majority of material found within 1975 - 2008


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jan H. Boer, 2010, 2014


  1. I. Documentation of Christian-Muslim Relations in Nigeria, 1950-2008
  2. II. Boer Notes on Documentation, 2000-2008
  3. III. Addendum - 2015


9 Linear Feet (19 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


These papers are part of the sources gathered by Jan H. Boer for the writing of his eight-volume series Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations. The collection deals almost exclusively with the Nigerian situation, especially the entire history leading up to the sharia declaration and its aftermath. The materials include Nigerian magazines and newspaper clippings as well as scholarly articles and lectures, essays, and conference papers from Christian, Muslim and secular perspectives.

Biographical / Historical

Jan H. Boer is a Dutch Canadian, who during his early teens immigrated to British Columbia, Canada, with his parental family. He studied theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan (1962-1965) and did African Studies at Michigan State University. He served in various capacities listed on his website as a seconded missionary of the combo Christian Reformed World Missions and Sudan United Mission, most of the time with the Institute of Church and Society, Jos, Nigeria. He sat for several months at the feet of the young Lamin Sanneh in Ibadan in 1967. During his Nigeria years, he also took time off to obtain a doctorate from the Free University of Amsterdam, where he studied under Prof. Johannes Verkuyl and obtained his degree on basis of his Missionary Messengers of Liberation in a Colonial Context: A Case Study of the Sudan United Mission (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1979, 530 pages).

Guide to the Jan H. Boer Collection on Christian-Muslim Relations in Nigeria
Martha Lund Smalley
2010, 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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