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Christian missionary translation of the Qur’ān into Yoruba

Solihu, Abdul Kabir Hussain and Abdulhameed, Abdulganiy Akorede (2014) Christian missionary translation of the Qur’ān into Yoruba. In: 4th Annual International Qur’anic Conference 2014 (MUQADDAS IV), 14th-15th Apr. 2014, The Centre of Quranic Research (CQR), University of Malaya.

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Abstract

Islam predated Christianity in Yorubaland in south-western Nigeria. Early Muslim preachers engaged in the cultural Islamisation of the followers of the Yoruba traditional religion as early as the Fourteenth Century. Christianity was introduced to Yorubaland some five centuries later in the first half of the Nineteenth Century. In their engagement with the local cultures, the Christian missionaries chose a course less traversed by their Muslim counterparts. The translation of the Bible into local vernacular languages is among the more common techniques employed by Christian missionaries in evangelization, particularly in Yorubaland. Yoruba is the first African language which the Bible was translated into by an indigenous, native speaker. Curiously, it was the Christian missionaries who also translated the Qur’ān into Yoruba, the first translation of the Qur’ān in an African language. Without question, Yorubaland was the centre of Muslim-Christian engagement in the Nineteenth Century. This paper deliberates on the emergence of the translated Qur’ān into the Yoruba language by the local Christian missionaries. It explores the theological bases and historical circumstances that led to the emergence of the Yoruba translation of the Qur’ān. The paper then provides an overview of the translations produced by Reverend Michael Samuel Cole in 1906 and Elijah Kola Akinlade in 1965.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: 4608/44468 (eISBN: 978-967-12182-6-6)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Yoruba, Nigerian; Christian missionaries; translation of the Qur’ān; M. S. Cole; E. K. Akinlade
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP100 Sacred books
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP171 Relation of Islam to other religions
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Abdul Kabir Hussain Solihu
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 15:56
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 09:07
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/44468

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