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Title:Yoruba Muslim Youth and Christian-Sponsored Education
Author:Noibi, D.O.S.
Year:1988
Periodical:Bulletin on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa
Volume:6
Issue:3
Period:July
Pages:3-25
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:religious conversion
Christianity
Islam
pupils
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Education and Oral Traditions
education
Muslim-Christian relations
Abstract:A brief review of the teaching of the Koran and the Sunnah on the kind of youth Islam envisages provides the background for an assessment of the impact of the Christian religious tradition on Yoruba Muslim youth in Nigeria. With the advent of Christian-sponsored Western education in Yorubaland, Koranic schools gradually lost ground, especially when Western education became a means of attaining high social status, and Christian missionaries took advantage of this situation to use their schools to convert Muslim children to Christianity. Even today, when virtually all schools are public-owned, Muslim children in Yorubaland are still being subjected to Christian indoctrination. Muslim youths have also complained of being subjected to humiliation in respect of their religion. In reaction, a number of Muslim youth organizations have emerged, such as the Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria (MSS) in 1954, and the Council of Muslim Youth Organizations of Oyo State (COMYO), formed in 1980. An examination of the aims and activities of these organizations reveals a general awareness among young Yoruba Muslims of the need not only to 'liberate' themselves, but also to promote a good understanding of Islam among Muslim youth. Notes, ref.
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