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Folk Islam is a popular expression of Islam which has synthesized indigenous beliefs and customs into the religion. Two expressions of this in Nigeria are the Yoruba and Maguzawa.
Folk Islam: Case Study in Nigerian Islam
II. Islam in Nigeria (part 2)
B. Historical Summary/ Theological Analysis (part 2)
LESSON BEGINS HERE
a. Use of the term “Allah”
b. Islamic view of “umma”
III. Key Observations/Points for Discussion and Reflection
A. Spectrum of Islamic faith and practice: religious theory vs. practice.
B. Neglected role of recipients, over-emphasis on religious transmitters.
C. Inevitability of Islamization vs. resilience of indigenous belief systems.
1. Robin Horton’s “Intellectualist Theory”
2. Humphrey Fisher’s “Juggernaut Theory”
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