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Title:Imale: Yoruba participation in the Muslim tradition: a study of clerical piety
Author:Ryan, Patrick J.ISNI
Series:Harvard dissertations in religion
City of publisher:Missoula, Mont.
Publisher:Scholars Press
Geographic term:Nigeria
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Abstract:Contrary to Muslim ideals, the Muslims in Yorubaland have created a professional class of specialists in worship and control. By focussing on the faith and practice of Muslim Yoruba clerics, the author describes the piety of the Muslim Yoruba. As the spiritual leaders of local Muslim communities, the clerics both form and reflect the piety of larger numbers. The pre-history in West Africa of the developmeat of such a clerical class and the competition provided for them by traditionalist Yoruba agents of worship and control are outlined in Part I, together with a clerical history of Islam among the Yoruba. The theology, liturgy and spiritual advice of three varieties of Muslim Yoruba cleric (accommodating, conservative reform and modernising reform) are dealt with in Part 2. In conclusion, the author presents some theological reflections on the Yoruba experience of participation in the Muslim tradition.