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Title:The era of overseas scholarships: Islam, modernization, and decolonization in Northern Nigeria, c. 1954-1966
Author:Thurston, Alexander
Year:2014
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa (ISSN 0022-4200)
Volume:44
Issue:1
Pages:62-91
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Subjects:Islam
scholarships
modernization
colonial history
1950-1959
1960-1969
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/15700666-12301273
Abstract:In independence-era Northern Nigeria, different segments of the modernizing elite contended over defining the place of Islam in society. This article argues that the case of Northern Nigeria disrupts scholarly periodizations of twentieth-century Islamic thought and activism that depict the 1950s and 1960s as a time of secularist dominance. The specificity of Muslim communities' experiences of colonialism and decolonization helped shape the role Islam played in different societies during this period. This article develops this thesis by examining the semiautonomous Northern Nigerian regional government's programme of sending young, Arabophone Muslim scholars to Arab and British universities between 1954 and 1966. The overseas scholarships system was to be the culmination of British colonial efforts to produce 'modern' Muslim judges and teachers. However, Arabophones' experiences overseas, and their ambivalent relationship with the Northern government after their return highlight the unintended consequences of colonial policies and of scholarship winners' encounters with the broader Muslim world. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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