Islamic Thought Among Nigerian Yoruba: The Influence of Shaykh Adam Abdullah al-Aluri

Olodo Al-Shafi'i, Mohammed muneer'deen (2013) Islamic Thought Among Nigerian Yoruba: The Influence of Shaykh Adam Abdullah al-Aluri. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany. ISBN 13: 978-3659481741

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This book is an immortal and intellectual recognition of al-Alūri for his work well done in the field of Islamic da'wah, social, humanitarian and intellectual contributions in the Yorubaland in particular, Nigeria as a whole, and Africa in general. It is a motion to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s. It seeks to investigate the factors or processes that led to the transformation of the Yoruba Muslim society through the influence of Shaykh Ādam Abdullāh al-Alūri, and his influences on the Muslim-Arabic institution in Nigeria, with particular reference to the Yoruba. The study also clarifies, to a certain extent though, the conflicting views of the scholars with regard to the arrival of Islam to the Yoruba in western Nigeria. The study, from the submission of Abdullāh al-Alūri, ascertains that Islam came to Yorubaland from Mali in the first half of the 14th century. Al-Alūri maintains that the importance attached to family as a cornerstone of a healthy and balanced society, is one of the most striking features of the Muslim society; the process of modernization essentially involves a rational structural transformation of simultaneous changes in its linguistic system, values and way of life as a whole; the dominance of Western values which has left the Yoruba Muslim families in a confused state was revived through the drastic steps taken by people like al-Alūri. The study also examines some changes that have taken place in Yoruba due to modernization process and the impact of those changes to the Yoruba Muslim society. The study views education as one of the factors that led al-Alūri to him properly founding his Markaz, which has now branches throughout the country as well as abroad, in 1952; this is so maintained as the rate of literacy in Arabic–Islamic education was becoming lower and decreasing. This book maintains and shares al-Alūri’s claim that it is possible for one to master other languages other than one’s mother tongue after attaining the age of puberty. This was a promise al-Alūri fulfilled through his Arabcization process.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Second Edition of the Book is in process
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Contemporary Islamic Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Mohammed Muneer'deen Olodo Al-Shafi'i
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2015 03:44
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2015 03:44

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