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Title:A Moslem Igbo Village
Author:Ottenberg, Simon
Year:1971
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Volume:11
Issue:42
Pages:231-260
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islamization
rural society
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
conversion
Link:https://doi.org/10.3406/cea.1971.2802
Abstract:During the late fifties most of those who belonged to the related group of patrilineages in Anohia village, had converted to Islam, a very unusual event among the Igbo. The author gives a survey of the developments of the conversion and of the conflicts which arose from the side of the traditional villagers and the neighbouring villagers, who saw the Moslems as a threat to traditional custom. Finally he discusses several factors, which might have contributed to the successful conversion: the influence of the powerful leader of the movement, the villagers' desire for increasing status, the willingness of all age-groups and both sexes of the patrilineal group to change, the lack of a high degree of centralization of government, by which any strong action on the part of the village-group was prohibited. Ref.
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