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Title:The Christian Missions and Western Education in Ilorin, Nigeria: A Century of Resistance and Challenge: 1847-1957
Author:Yahya, Eliasu
Periodical:Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:missionary history
primary education
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
Education and Oral Traditions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/713680380
Abstract:This paper examines the introduction of Western education in Ilorin, Nigeria, and the nature of Muslim resistance initially faced by the Christian missionaries who introduced it. By the 1840s, various missionary denominations had penetrated Yorubaland and challenged the old order with the introduction of new ideas and ways of life. Muslim opposition was not against knowledge per se, but against the perceived attempt by Christian missionaries to evangelize their children through education. Gradually, however, understanding the need to provide their children with secular education in addition to religious education, Muslims started sending their children to Western schools. Until the ending of colonial rule, missionaries' educational effort remained restricted to the primary level of education. Ref.