The role of Sufis in Nigerian literacy

Tijjani Ahmed Mohammed, Ibrahim Abu Bakar

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    Sufis played à leading role in the propagation of Islam in Nigeria and West Africa in general. This paper examines the role of Sufi scholars in the spread of literacy. Those scholars include such notable companions of the Prophet as Salma¯n al-Fa¯risi¯ and Abu¯ Dharr al-Ghifa¯ri, amongst others. Secondary literature that deals with the spread of Islam and Sufism is also reviewed. Such issues as the emergence of Sufism in Nigeria, Sufism and Islam and the contributions of Sufis to the spread of literacy are dealt with as well. One of the significant contributions made by Sufis to literacy was the establishment of a large Zawiyah at Kulimbardu, Bornu in old Kanem-Borno during the period 1600-1660 CE. The Zawiyah in Borno served as a place of worship and an intellectual training centre that made Bornu relevant to Islamic religious issues within and outside Nigeria. Similarly, Sufis led to the emergence of female scholars who made tremendous contributions, such as Nana Asmau, the daughter of Shaykhbin Fudio. Finally, the paper analyses different issues in Sufism and encourages further research into Sufism and its doctrines.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)347-356
    Number of pages10
    JournalIslamic Quarterly
    Volume58
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014

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    Islam
    Nigeria
    literacy
    West Africa
    doctrine
    Sufism
    Literacy
    Borno
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    Mohammed, T. A., & Bakar, I. A. (2014). The role of Sufis in Nigerian literacy. Islamic Quarterly, 58(4), 347-356.

    The role of Sufis in Nigerian literacy. / Mohammed, Tijjani Ahmed; Bakar, Ibrahim Abu.

    In: Islamic Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 4, 01.10.2014, p. 347-356.

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    Mohammed, TA & Bakar, IA 2014, 'The role of Sufis in Nigerian literacy', Islamic Quarterly, vol. 58, no. 4, pp. 347-356.
    Mohammed TA, Bakar IA. The role of Sufis in Nigerian literacy. Islamic Quarterly. 2014 Oct 1;58(4):347-356.
    Mohammed, Tijjani Ahmed ; Bakar, Ibrahim Abu. / The role of Sufis in Nigerian literacy. In: Islamic Quarterly. 2014 ; Vol. 58, No. 4. pp. 347-356.
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