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Title:An analytical study of Yoruba proverbs of Islamic origin
Author:Shittu, S.A.
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Yoruba language
Abstract:This paper on Yoruba proverbs of Islamic origin first discusses various definitions of proverbs as well as the significance of proverbs in general and among the Yoruba in particular. Then it describes the arrival of Islam in Yorubaland, Nigeria, and the proverbs of Islamic origin which were subsequently introduced in the area. A selection of ten proverbs is described in detail, analysing their meaning, usage and Islamic origin. The proverbs contain particular references to Islamic ideas and doctrines, either in a negative or a positive way. Finally, the paper examines the influence of the proverbs on Yoruba Muslims and on the spread of Islam among the Yoruba. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]