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Title:The private papers of Alfa Ya'qub of Ikirun, Nigeria, c. 1890-1965: An initial overview
Author:Ogunbiyi, Isaac A.
Year:1999
Periodical:Sudanic Africa
Volume:10
Pages:111-132
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:ulema
biographies (form)
History and Exploration
colonialism
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
education
About person:Shaykh Ya'q真b b. Mu.ammad al- Mukht畝r (1890-1965)ISNI
Abstract:Shaykh Ya'q真b b. Mu.ammad al-Mukht畝r (1890-1965), known as 'Ibn Im畝m al-J畝mi' Ikirun, is the only Muslim scholar in Yorubaland, Nigeria, to have the bulk of his private papers preserved for purposes of research and record. Based on these private papers, which are held at the Centre of Arabic Documentation at the University of Ibadan, the present author reconstructs the life history of Alfa Ya'q真b and describes his activities as a healer and as a scholar, his publications, and his interest in spreading literacy in the Arabic language. Alfa Ya'q真b was one of the earliest Yoruba scholars to pioneer the publication of materials existing locally in handwritten form, thus facilitating their wider dissemination. He was also a pioneer in the field of Arabic education in the 1940s in his hometown Ikirun and was involved in the establishment of the first Muslim primary school in Ikirun in 1948. The biographical sketch ends with the Arabic text and English translation of ten lines in praise of Ya'q真b by Imam A.hmad b. Tam疳m b. 'Al疳 b. '涅s畝, Ilorin, and a letter from Ya'q真b to his publisher in Egypt. Notes, ref.
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