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Page 3 - ... century was the greatest single influence predisposing them to this religion. In spite of this, however, Meek claims that the religious outlook of the masses of the Hausa " is little wider than that of the pagans they despise. The Koran is their fetish no less than the village idol, stone or tree . . . they are believers still in sorcery and magic and ward off all manner of evil influences by surrounding their necks, arms and waists with Koranic amulets and talismans. Hundreds of mendicant malams...
Page 3 - Their religious outlook is little wider than that of the pagans they despise. The Koran is their fetish no less than the village idol, stone, or tree ; to swear falsely on the Koran would name certain death ; while to drink the ink from which Koranic texts are written is a cure for every ill.
Page 5 - It has converted isolated pagan groups into nations ; it has made commerce with the outside world possible . . . it has broadened the outlook, raised the standard of living by creating a higher social atmosphere, and has conferred on its followers dignity, self-respect, and respect for others. The intellectual and political superiority of the Muslim communities is due chiefly to their religion.
Page 30 - Festivals are held in honour of Nan, and every year, among the Yergum, the chief descends to the ancestral tomb, and taking up the skulls of his forefathers, calls on each in turn to intercede with Nan that the great God, the Giver of rain and Ripener of crops, may grant an abundant harvest. "That Nan is regarded as the Supreme Ruler of the world is shown by the willingness of the Angas to apply to him, and to him only, the Muslim title of Allah.
Page 4 - Nigeria retain most of their earlier pagan beliefs and superstitions and that ' on the spiritual side, Islam in Nigeria is but a poor imitation of the lofty religion of the Prophet'.
Page 240 - About 58 per cent of the males and 48 per cent of the females of this category in 1961 were in urban areas, the corresponding figures in 1971 were 46 and 38 respectively. While only 8 per cent of the "others" in 1961 were females, this percentage was twice as large in 1971.
Page 152 - That is why I was always telling you whatever you do, make little of it. Whether it be you excel in strength, or in power, or riches, or poverty, and are puffed up with pride, it is all the same; some one is better than you. You said, it was a lie. Behold, your own eyes have seen.
Page 4 - ... dominating feature of their civilization. This has its good and its bad side. Its good side is admirably summed up by Mr. Meek in the work to which I have referred above. He writes : " Islam has brought civilization to barbarous tribes. It has converted isolated pagan groups into organized nations. It has broadened the outlook, raised' the standard of living by creating a higher social atmosphere, and has conferred on its followers dignity, self-respect, and respect for others. The intellectual...