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Title:Islam and Intra-Muslim Rivalry in Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Author:Kilani, Abdul Razaq O.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Geographic term:Nigeria
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
intrareligious relations
Abstract:Muslim efforts in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, to promote the growth of Islam are geared towards performing dual responsibilities: to keep the Muslims Muslims and to extend the message of Islam to non-Muslims. These responsibilities are being hampered by a number of factors, viz. the fact that some 'ulama' (scholars) seem to prefer wealth to wisdom, worldly glory to virtue, and use their knowledge and leadership to misguide the people, thereby eroding their prestige; the segregation of women; the indigenization of Islam; and the hesitation to translate Islamic texts into local dialects. In addition, conflicts, tension and rivalry among Muslims also constitute a serious internal problem inhibiting the spread of Islam in Port Harcourt. Furthermore, the Muslims in Port Harcourt have wide diversities: ideological, cultural, social, ethnic and linguistic. Related to these diversities are the economic motives and interests of some Muslims, which account for the rivalry and tension within the community. What the Muslims in Port Harcourt need is an 'ummah' (community), strong leadership, and a comprehensive Islamic education programme. Ref.