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Title:Between two religions of the Book: the Children of the Israelites (c. 1846 - c. 1920)
Author:Linden, IanISNI
Book title:Varieties of Christian experience in Nigeria
Editor:Isichei, Elizabeth
City of publisher:London
Geographic term:Northern Nigeria
Subjects:religious conversion
Muslim brotherhoods
Abstract:This essay deals with a group of Nigerian Muslims, 'the Children of the Israelites', who formed a sect-like community in the mid-nineteenth century, and some of whom converted to Christianity during the colonial period. It began as a reform movement in the Hausa Muslim community; its most prominent feature was a rigorous insistence on Quran-alone, rejection of tradition and insistence on an absolute monotheism. Later Mohammed was relegated to the status of messenger, while emphasis was laid on the teaching that Isa was Spirit of God, with power of life and death. In 1913 they approached a CMS missionary in Zaria in a straightforward religious quest to discover the prophecy of Jesus. Notes.