African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 187


The contributions of Ilorin scholars to Islam in West Africa: A study of Alfa Salaudeen (a.k.a. Alfa Parakoyi) in Ijesha land

Agunbiade Nurudeen
  • Agunbiade Nurudeen
  • Department of History and International Studies, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State. Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 22 January 2015
  •  Accepted: 02 June 2015
  •  Published: 31 July 2015


Despite the fact that, the actual date of the introduction of Islam to the Yoruba speaking people of south western Nigeria is not known, it is believed that the Muslim empires in West Africa knew of Yoruba land long before its introduction to Islam. The spread of Islam to other areas is very important in Islam and this serves as a challenge to all Islamic scholars to champion the course of evangelizing the non-believers or idol worshippers as the case may be. Ilorin scholars cannot be exempted from this role. Even though there were many systems in which Islam was introduced to many areas but the emergence of Islam in Yoruba land and Ijesha land to be specific is a unique one. In this case, this article discussed one Ilorin Islamic scholar called Alfa Salaudeen (aka. Alfa Parakoyi) as one of the indispensable dramatic personae in the spread of Islam in Ijesha land. Even though, the land was dominated by pagans but Alfa Salaudeen has done fantastic Jihad diplomatically without any chaos to Islamise the people of Ijesha land. And his legacies can be felt through his mosque and Madrasat (school) that he built couple with his role in converting Ijesha people to Muslim. Apart from that, to show the extent of his role and the appreciation from Ijesha people, Alfa Salaudeen (aka Alfa Parakoyi) were conferred a title by their traditional ruler despite the fact that he was not from the area.


Key words: Alfa Salaudeen, Islam, Ilorin, Yoruba land, Ijesa-Land, West Africa.