This workshop brings together scholars from political science and social psychology to discuss Melina Platas’ book manuscript, The Religious Roots of Inequality in Africa. The book documents a widespread gap in educational attainment between Christians and Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa, and examines the origins and persistence of this gap. Using original surveys, lab-in-the-field games, ethnographic data, and archival material from Nigeria, Uganda, and Malawi, as well as cross-national surveys from 35 African countries, Platas argues that the origins and persistence of educational inequality is explained by the co-evolution of institutions and culture.

Ibadan, Nigeria
Image Credit: Melina Platas, 2013.

Convened by
  • Melina Platas, Assistant Professor of Political Science, NYUAD

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