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Title:'Markaz' and the development of Arabic language in south-western Nigeria
Author:Omofoyewa, Kazeem AdebayoISNI
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islamic education
Arabic language
About person:Adam Abdullahi al -Iluri (1917-1992)ISNI
Abstract:This paper discusses the role of the 'Markaz' school in the development of Arabic language and literature in southwestern Nigeria. The Markaz al-Talim al-Arabi (Arabic Training Centre) was founded in 1952 in Abeokuta by Shaykh Adam al-Iluri (1917-1992). The paper gives a short biography of al-Iluri and then deals with the aims of Markaz, its curriculum, and the ways in which it contributed to the development of the Arabic language in southwestern Nigeria. These include the formalization of Arabic education, the provision of scholars of repute, the initiation of periodical training for Islamic propagators, and numerous publications which are used at different levels of higher education in the departments of Arabic and Islamic studies. The paper concludes that Markaz can be seen as a precursor of modern Arabic schools in the country. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]