Dawn for Islam in Eastern Nigeria
A History of the Arrival of Islam in Igboland
Islamkundliche Untersuchungen Band 303
Klaus Schwarz Verlag
1. Edition (2011)
Paperback, Illustrations, 284 pages
The story of the emergence of Islam in Nigerian Igboland, »the heartland of Christianity in Nigeria«, is taken simultaneously with the examination of the social reconfigurations that occurred in Igboland deriving from the introduction of Islam into this part of the country.
An important outcome of this study is the information it provides on the nature, depth, and success of the advance of Islam in recent times using as a site of discussion Eastern Nigeria and the Igbo society in particular where longheld frictions had existed with the (Muslim) Hausa ethnic community whose members considered themselves the original worshippers of Allah in the Western Sudan.
Regarding the kind of Islam favored in the study area, one half of the Igbo Muslim population are sympathetic to the very conservative views found in Hausaland that has shown some strong connection with Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi Islam. The other half are less swayed by the Wahhabi sentiments and favors a middle-ground approach to Islam akin to the traditional Sufi orders common in West Africa in earlier centuries.
A distinguishing feature of the book is the provision of academic material for understanding Islamic revolutions and for contextualizing the postcolonial advance of Islam in Africa.
Dr. Egodi Uchendu is fellow of Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Bonn/Germany.