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The Problem of <i>Ulama</i>

Alhaji Adeleke Dirisu Ajijola

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
  The Problem of Ulama

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Islamic reformers in Nigeria are divided in numerous factions, some of them liberal and most of them not. The more moderate reformers tend to be members of the political elite, which has ruled Nigeria for much of the independence period through military dictatorship; their religious liberalism does not always carry over into their political beliefs. 1 By contrast, Alhaji Adeleke Dirisu Ajijola (Nigeria, born 1932), an attorney and prolific author on Islamic themes, espouses reform in both the political and religious arenas. In this text, Ajijola forcefully defends the right of all Muslims to interpret religious doctrine, contesting the monopoly of the ulama (religious scholars).

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