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Title:Aspects of Negative Application of Muslim Names by Nigerian Playwrights
Author:Yahya, Muslih T.
Year:1998
Periodical:Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Volume:18
Issue:2
Period:October
Pages:305-314
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:images
Islam
drama
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
literature
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/13602009808716413
Abstract:Islam has a long history in West Africa and Muslims form a substantial percentage of the population of the region and of Nigeria in particular. However, Nigeria's colonial experience has left a long-lasting mark on the perception of Islam and the assessment of the social status of Muslims by a certain category of people who benefited from, and were influenced by the colonial experience. This category of people perceived the Muslims as a disadvantaged lot and of 'minority status'. This paper examines some Nigerian playwrights' perceptions of the social status of Muslims in Nigeria, both elitist and non-elitist. The plays include works by Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi and Zulu Sofola and reflect the society in which they are set. Reference is also made to playwrights whose contributions help in identifying later developments, where adherence to Islamic principles is played down. Notes, ref.
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