Women and the Development of Islamic Scholarship in Ilorin Emirate, 1960 to 2000


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships




At every stage in the development of Islam, women have been involved. However, there is a dearth of sources on the subject. Sources are notably lacking on the role of women in the Islamic city of Ilorin, which is particulatly troubling given the fact that the city is the route through which Islam got to most towns of southern Nigeria. Ilorin women have been uniquely engaged in teaching, preaching, and writing on issues relating to family life. This project, through extensive use of primary and secondary sources, documents women's contributions to the development of Islamic scholarship in Ilorin. Soures include songs, poems, and excursions. Results are then related to the promotion of Islamic scholarship and gender studies locally, nationally, regionally and internationally.