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Title:An examination of the appointment of Chief Imam of Abeokuta Central Mosque and its attendant crises (1890-1960)
Author:Seriki, I.A.
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abeokuta polity
Abstract:The importance of Imam as the chief functionary of the mosque and indeed of the Muslim community cannot be overemphasized. To be appointed an Imam, a person must possess certain qualities. This article examines the process of appointing the Chief Imam (Imam Jami') of Abeokuta Central Mosque, who is also regarded as the Head of all Imams in Egbaland (Nigeria). It also examines the crises which usually followed such appointments and the involvement of traditional worshippers (Ologboni) in the appointment, especially at the initial stage of Islam in the town, and the stand of Islam on the issue. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]