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Title:Arabic language and Muslim society in west Africa: a historical perspective
Author:Hunwick, J.O.ISNI
Periodical:Ghana Social Science Journal
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:Islamic history
Arabic language
Abstract:The advance of the teaching of Arabic and the proliferation of its usage is examined within three broad periods: I. The period of early contact between North African (Arab and Berber) merchants and the emerging politics of the Sahel region, c. 750-1200. These contacts led to the adoption of Islamic as the royal cult in Gao on the Middle Niger in the 10th century and in Takrur on the Senegal River and Kanem to the north-east of Lake Chad In the 11th century; 2. The period of internal proselytisation by the West African Muslims (esp. Soninke-Manding Dyula, Fulani; Hausa) and the emergence of powerful states whose administration bore a marked Islamic influence (e.g. Mali, Songhay, Kano, Katsina, Kanem Bornu), 1200-1700; 3. The period of the penetration of Islam into the south lands of the savannah and the fringes of the forest belt, 1700-1900. Over this period the influence of Islam came to be felt in such areas as Kong, Bonduku, Gonja, Dagomba, Nupe and Yorubaland. This was also the era of militant Islamic reform movements in some of the lands where Islam had been established a such earlier, Futa Toro. Futa Jalon, Masina and Hausaland. Ref., table: Arabic language teaching at the primary school level in Accra.