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Title:A note on Arabic teaching in Northern Nigeria
Author:Alkali, Hamidu
Periodical:Kano Studies
Geographic term:Northern Nigeria
Subjects:Arabic language
language instruction
Abstract:The teaching of Arabic in Northern Nigeria is related to the spread of Islam. Learning developed in the mu'allim or faqih where the ulema' teached the Kur'an and the Hadiths. The study of Arabic grammar and literature was considered essential for the understanding of the Kur'an. The ulema' concentrated mostly around the province of Timbuktoo in the kingdom of Malle, where there existed one of the great Islamic universities of the 14th century, the University Mosque of Sankore. When modern education was started in the North, Arabic became the cinderella of the syllabus. Alhaji Abdullahi Bayero, Emir of Kano, after his return from pelgrimage in 1934, improved the position of Arabic by setting up the Northern Provinces Law School and as a next step by changing the Law School into the School for Arabic Studies in 1947, under government management, for the training of teachers with reference to Arabic and Islamic subjects, with a wider syllabus including English and Arithmetic. In 1960 a postsecondary course in Arabic and Islamic studies was organised which led to the establishment of the Abdullahi Bayero University College, Kano.