Yoruba, Maguzawa, Key Observations

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Lesson

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.

Outline

Folk Islam: Case Study in Nigerian Islam

Part 2
 

II. Islam in Nigeria (part 2)

A. Introduction

B. Historical Summary/ Theological Analysis (part 2)

1. Hausa

2. Tiv



LESSON BEGINS HERE
 

3. Yoruba

a. Use of the term “Allah”

b. Islamic view of “umma”

c. Divination

d. Sorcery

4. Maguzawa

 

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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