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Title:Medico-religious terrain: between orthodox and popular Islam in Yorubaland (Nigeria)
Author:Oloso, Kamil KoyejoISNI
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:faith healing
Abstract:Since its proclamation, Islam has redefined the various aspects of the cultural lives of the communities that have come in contact with the faith. The tradition of diagnosis, medical healing, therapy and power accession techniques is one such area, in which the distinctive nature of popular Islam manifests itself among the Yoruba of Nigeria. This paper examines the custom of healing and therapy in the context of traditional and Islamic models among the Yoruba. The Islamic healing and diagnostic traditions became a hybrid of several traditions, and the peculiarities of this development are examined in this study. The threat of Christian neopentecostalism, which presumably came to fight poverty and disease and attract the 'lost sheep' at the twilight of the last century, stimulated the emergence of Muslim prayer groups, a singular phenomenon that challenged the authority of the traditional 'ulama' and clerics, hitherto the custodians of hidden powers. This is put in the context of the emerging trends in globalization and intellectualization as they affect Islam and Christianity. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]