Being IGBP ad Muslim: The IGBO of South-Eastern Nigeria nd conversions to Islam, 1930s to recent times

Being IGBP ad Muslim: The IGBO of South-Eastern Nigeria nd conversions to Islam, 1930s to recent times

Author: 
Uchendu, EGODI
Date published: 
2010
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Journal of African History
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Journal of African History Vol.51,2010,pp63-87
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Amid assumptions of a hegemonic Igbo Christian identity, conversions to Islam began in the late 1930s in the Igbo territory of south-east Nigeria – the only region in the country that was not touched by the nineteenth-century Islamic jihad and subsequent efforts to extend the borders of Islam in Nigeria. Four decades after the emergence of Islam in the Igbo homeland, and with the mixed blessings of a civil war, Igboland began to manifest clear evidence of indigenous Muslim presence. A key aspect of this article is how one can be both Igbo and Muslim. It considers the complex interplay of religious and ethnic identities of Igbo Muslims (including the mapping of religious values onto ethnic ones) until the 1990s, when Igbo Muslims began to disentangle ethnicity from religion, a development that owes much to the progress of Islamic education in Igboland and the emergence of Igbo Muslim scholars and clerics. Igbo reactions to conversions to Islam and the perceived threat of these conversions to Igbo Christian identity also receive some attention in this article.

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CITATION: Uchendu, EGODI. Being IGBP ad Muslim: The IGBO of South-Eastern Nigeria nd conversions to Islam, 1930s to recent times . : , 2010. Journal of African History Vol.51,2010,pp63-87 - Available at: http://library.au.int/being-igbp-ad-muslim-igbo-south-eastern-nigeria-nd-conversions-islam-1930s-recent-times-4