HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF MUSLIM EDUCATION IN YORUBA LAND, SOUTHWEST NIGERIA.
The paper begins with the provision of basic information about Nigeria in general and Yorubaland in particular. It discusses the spread of Islam in Yorubaland. It also elucidates the meaning and the importance of knowledge and the philosophy of education from an Islamic perspective, followed by emphasizing the aims and objectives of Muslim education. It seeks to answer the questions: Why do Muslims educate themselves and what do they study? Furthermore, it traces the beginning and the development of Arabic and Islamic education as a system in Yorubaland. Western education is another system that came into Nigeria as a whole through Yorubaland, with the spread of Christianity. Therefore, the paper endeavours to discuss the origin of the said systems and how the Yoruba Muslims slowly and steadily integrated the two systems. They encountered many problems in their education; the research tries to identify the problems and lastly suggests measures to curb them. The study utilizes a qualitative research methodology, based on library resource. Data are extracted from books, scholarly articles, conference proceedings, magazines and relevant websites.
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