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Title:Challenges and realities in the healing and power-accession custom of the Yoruba Muslims of Nigeria
Author:Sanni, Amidu OlelakanISNI
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:faith healing
interreligious relations
Abstract:The utilitarian value of Islam as a service provider in healing and power accession made the faith attractive to the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria. Divination, amulet confectionery, and other troubleshooting remedies offered by Islam ensured a remarkable position for the faith among the Yoruba. The emergence of Christian charismatic and neo-Pentecostalist movements from the last quarter of the 20th century served as a challenge to the Yoruba Muslims. The Christian 'healing and prosperity crusades' provoked the emergence of a Muslim alternative in the form of 'prayer groups'. These are distinguished by their engagement in 'prayer warfare' and 'devotional fairs' in which the role of the clerics as custodians of special knowledge is being reduced through the empowerment and the intellectualization of ordinary faithful. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]