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The Impact of Sufism on the Culture of the People of Ilorin, Nigeria

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This research work examines the impact of ūfī theories and teachings on the culture of the people of Ilorin, a city in north western Yorubaland of Nigeria. Ilorin has one of the highest Muslim populations in Nigeria and is viewed as a multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan city. Due to the varying backgrounds of the people of Ilorin, multiple factors account for what makes up its culture. ūfī teachings undoubtedly form part of this set of factors. The areas of life in which ūfīsm plays a major role are religious and social practices. Its impact can also be seen in other areas such as in music as well as in practices relating to naming and changes in the surnames and titles (sheikh being a common one).The objective of this research is to determine the extent to which ūfī teachings influence the culture of the people of Ilorin and how people perceive this impact on their life and culture. The methodology employed is based on participatory observation, an interpretative approach and survey description. In the final analysis, our findings are based on the fact that ūfī teachings have an impact on the culture of the people of the city yet many do not acknowledge this influence to be substantial.

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... The impacts of Sufism can be measures and followed through various societal norms and folklores. Among the societies where Sufism is known as popular culture, it impacted the marriage patterns, funeral practices, and even the names of a newborn (Solagberu, 2012). Sufism is deep-rooted in the culture and traditions of the Indian subcontinent. ...
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