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Title:Financing Islamic Education in Muslim Minority States: The Case of Nigeria
Author:Malami, Hussaini U.
Periodical:Journal of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs
Geographic term:Nigeria
educational policy
Islamic education
Education and Oral Traditions
Religion and Witchcraft
Abstract:This paper identifies historical and contemporary approaches to the financing of Islamic education in Muslim communities, with particular reference to the Muslim minority in Nigeria. First, a brief history is presented of how Islamic education was financed in the early Islamic period, in the times of the Holy Prophet and the four Rightly Guided Caliphs (Abubakar, Umar, Usman and Ali bin Abo Talib). Since Islamic education is compulsory upon every Muslim male and female, it is the responsibility of the State to provide education for its citizens. This practice started right from the time of the Prophet when he appointed teachers and instructors. The succeeding caliphs maintained and developed the Islamic educational system further. In northern Nigeria, the leaders of the Sokoto Caliphate placed special emphasis on the acquisition of knowledge. Teachers were paid from the public treasury, and it was the responsibility of the State to provide for suitable classrooms. After the European influx, however, the goverment neglected Islamic education and much of the responsibility for financing Islamic education fell upon parents. In conclusion, a number of means of financing Islamic education are mentioned, and possible ways of financing an effective system of Islamic education in Nigeria are recommended. Notes, ref.