Islam and Western education: The Nigerian contemporary experience

Islam and Western education: The Nigerian contemporary experience

Author by Mrs. Oluwatosin Ayanlowo

Journal/Publisher: Emerging Discourses On The Future Of Higher Education In Africa.

Volume/Edition: 1

Language: English

Pages: 328 - 337


The youth of this generation are the future. Education is of utmost importance in ensuring a great and prosperous future. Islam is a religion which develops a comprehensive understanding about an individuals’ life; morals, attitudes, philosophies, and values. Therefore education is an intrinsic part of the Islamic religion which helps to shape an individual into a complete human being and leader. The holy Qur’an states “ read in the name of your lord who created. He created man from a clot. Read and your lord is most honorable, who taught (to write) with the pen. Taught man, that, he knew not” (Qur’an 96: 1 – 5)

However, the Nigerian experience concerning the perception of Islam about western education is quite confusing and calls for utmost attention and clarity. The peddlers of the campaign against western education have painted a picture that western education is a ‘sin’ and must be stopped by all means necessary.

This research adopted a descriptive approach of the various elements investigated. The future rests on the continuous efforts to sensitize individuals on the importance of their willpower to use Western Education as a tool to bless and  liberate the world around us.

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