Evolution of Arabic Literature in Nigeria: Case Study of Tafa’sir

  • Muhammad Ismail Abdul Azeez


The article opines about the resemblance of Arabic language in Nigerian society. Since the expansion of Islam to Africa, Arabic language has become the second major spoken language in Muslim African countries. Thus, whenever we talk about Arabic language in Nigeria, it was a major language of Muslim kingdoms in Nigeria mainly in the north-east regions, where Muslims are in majority. The article clearly highlights how in the recent times there have been growing reservations on Arabic as one of Nigeria‟s major language. Moreover, the assailants are also raising questions on the Arabic language written on the Nigerian currency and they frequently debate about its resemblance to Nigerian history. On the other hand, the fact cannot be denied that Nigeria is a secular country mainly encompassing Christians and Muslims living in the country for centuries. The Muslims are mostly Arab influence and regards the Arabic language as sacred while the Christians are mainly Roman Catholics, which are solely inspired from the western traditions. The article clearly indicates that how the individual reservations on mainstreaming of Arabic language is further emboldening the social strata of Nigerian society. In contrast, the article clearly elucidates that Arabic language cannot be dispatched from the history of West Africa especially in case of Nigeria; it is socially and politically deep-rooted in its history.

How to Cite
Abdul Azeez, M. I. (2020). Evolution of Arabic Literature in Nigeria: Case Study of Tafa’sir. Al Tafseer - Biannual Journal, 35. Retrieved from https://al-tafseer.org/index.php/at/article/view/147