“We want the hadith teachers!” Qur’anic students, ‘modern’ Islamic education and experiences of exclusion in northern Nigeria

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Abstract

The last decades have seen important transformations in northern Nigeria’s religious landscape. With the rise of Islamic ideologies of reform, new bodies of religious knowledge have emerged, taught for example in the now ubiquitous ’modern’ Islamic (Islamiyya) schools. This was accompanied by novel approaches to handling such knowledge, with reformers pushing for its ’democratisation’. These trends have profoundly affected the position of the ’traditional’ ulama, and the boys and young men (almajirai) studying under their guidance. Paradoxically, though a ’democratising’ thrust underpinned its spread, the popularity of ’modern’ Islamic education has given rise to new forms of exclusion for those who do not have access to it.
Translated title of the contribution“We want the hadith teachers!” Qur’anic students, ‘modern’ Islamic education and experiences of exclusion in northern Nigeria
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)91-104
JournalAfrique Contemporaine
Volume257
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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