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Nigeria
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1. The introduction of Arabic and Islam to Nigeria

In the precolonial era, the West African country now known as Nigeria was referred to as one of the countries in the Western Sudan. This reference was adopted by early Arab writers such as al-Bakrī, Ibn Xaldūn, at-Timbuktī, and as-Saʿadī. Others identified it as Bilād Tukrūr. When the European colonists came, they imposed on it the name of Nigeria. Nigeria consists of several ethn…

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Abdulfattah Olayiwola, “Nigeria”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0229>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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