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Paradox of Intellectual Bootlegging in Paradox of Dawn for Islam in Eastern Nigeria: A Review

Nwankwo Tony Nwaezeigwe

Article Number - 60F821987E65B  | Vol. 2(2), pp. 15-29., July 2021  | 
 Received: 10 February 2021 |  Accepted: 4 April 2021  |   Published: 31 July 2021

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The Igbo of Southeast Nigeria are mainly Christians by contemporary religious definition. Islam never penetrated Igboland in pre-colonial times as were the cases of Northern Nigeria and the Yoruba of the Southwest. Indeed up to the point the Igbo were engaged in a civil war with the rest of the country between 1967 and 1970 Islam was not only an alien religion among the Igbo but was abhorred. However, following the defeat of the Igbo in the civil war, Muslims seized the opportunity of the economic hardship that greeted the Igbo and their subsequent alienation from political power to gradually penetrate the area and began to raise a few cluster of adherents. This is the picture Professor Egodi Uchendu sought to present in her book: Dawn for Islam in Eastern Nigeria of the Department of History and International Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The present work is therefore a critical intellectual review of the book. The appraisal is based broadly on three conceptual historical themes namely: methodology, source material analysis, and authenticity of the projected assumptions objectively applied through historical methodological approach. In the course of the analysis the work, it was found to be lacking in originality with sumptuous evidence of suspected plagiarism. Originally set in historical timeline, the author in an attempt to cover up this obvious intellectual misdemeanor sought to seek refuge under social science methodological approach. In the pursuit of the analysis, the writer tried as much as he could to limit the review to a cursory rather than surgical analysis of the work since applying the latter could mean engaging on the re-writing of the book.


Keywords: Igboland, Islam, Nigeria, Igbo, Hausa.




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Nwankwo Tony Nwaezeigwe

Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. E-mail: [email protected]



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Nwaezeigwe, N. T. (2021). Paradox of Intellectual Bootlegging in Paradox of Dawn for Islam in Eastern Nigeria: A Review. Archives of Political Science Research, 2(2):15-29.



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