Full Name: Professor Sanni Amidu Olalekan

Gender: Male

Status: Married


Academics Qualifications: 

– Institutions attended with dates

University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (1986-89)

University of Ibadan (1983-84)

University of Ibadan (1977-80)

Anwarul Islam (formerly Ahmadiyya) Grammar School, Ibadan (1970-75)

Highest Academic Qualifications

PhD Middle Eastern Studies 1989

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Journal Publications:

Model: the Nigerian Muslim Youth in the Historical Context’, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol   27 no 1 April 2007, pp. 117-32.

39-  2008a. ‘Terror in the Name of God and Society: the Nigerian Youth and the Economy of Violence’, Journal of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 17, pp, 87-102.

40-    2008b ‘Between Orthodox and Popular Islam: the Medico-Religious Realm in Yorubaland (Nigeria), Hamdard Islamicus, Vol. 31, no 4 October-December, pp. 67-74.

41-    2009d  ‘The Nigerian Arabic Manuscript Heritage: Challenges and Options Facing an Endangered Species’. Published as “Al-Kanz al-muhaddad bi l-inqirāḍ: al-makhṭūṭāt al-‘Arabiyya fī Naijiriyā bayna taqallubāt wa taṭallu‘āt wa taḥaddiyyāt”, Journal of the Nigerian Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Vol. 12, September 2009, pp. 69-103. [Published 2012].

42-    2010 ‘The Discourse on Laḥn in Arabic Philological and Literary Traditions, Middle Eastern Literatures, Vol. 13, no 1, April 2010, pp. 1-19.

43-    2010b. “Fī Riḥāb al-Makhṭūṭah al-‘Arabiyyah bi-Naijiriya: Khalfiyyāt wa-wāqi‘iyyāt, wa-taṭallu‘āt fī ‘ālam l-‘ilm wa-l-ma‘rifah bi-bilād Yawruba” in Majallat al-‘Ulūm, Vol 1, 2010, pp. 8-12.

44-    2011. “Folkorizing Religious Poetry among         the Yoruba”, The Archival Platform Newsletter, No 26,          May 2011. Accessible under 

45-    2011a “Institutionalising Terror in the Name of Religion and Polity: The Nigerian Youth and the Cosmos of Violence”, Africa Development, Vol. XXXVI, Nos 3 & 4, 2011, pp. 39–54.

46-    2011b “Yoruba Islamic Verse in ajami: a Literary Genre        Awaiting           Exploration in Arabic Manuscript Studies”,        Toumbouctou       Manuscript Project Newsletter, December 2011.

47-    2011c “Arabic Studies in the Nigerian University System:     Retrospections, Introspections, and Projections”, Journal of        Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 20, 2011, pp. 95-116.          (Published August 2012).

48-    2012 “Conversion and Reversion in the Power Accession Narrative: Muslim Prayer Groups in Nigeria”, Journal of          Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 21, 2012, pp. 157-166.

49-    2013 with Salmon Hakeem “Between Sukaynah bint al-Ḥusayn (d. 117/735) and Fadwā Tūqān (d. 1424/2003): Critical Elements in Feminine Poetical and Critical Tradition”, Journal of Oriental and African Studies, Vol 22, 2013, pp. 81-96.

50-    2014b ‘From Goldziher to al-Musawi: a Reassessment of the Theoretical Discourse on the Ancients (Qudamā’) and the Moderns (Muḥdathūn), Journal of     Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 23, 2014, pp. 127-138.

51-  2015 ‘The Power of Authority and the Authority of Power in Muslim West Africa: A Narrative from Nigeria’, Journal of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 24, pp. 249-271.

Chapters in Books

  1. The Section on Benin (Republic), in Al-Furqan World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts (Leiden: Brill, 1992), vol. 1, pp 83-86.
  2. 2001 ‘Al-Madāris al-Islāmiyya wa-mustaqbal dārisī al-Lughat al-‘Arabiyya’, [Arabic-Islamic Schools and the Future of Arabic Learners in Nigeria] in Buḥūth  usbū‘ al Shaikh Ādam ‘Abd Allāh al Ilori al-thaqāfī  al-sanawī (Lagos, 2001), pp. 103-23.
  3. 2003 ‘Al-Marzubānī in the Balance of Classical Arabic Literary Criticism’, in Amidu Sanni, Ed. An Unfamiliar Guest in a Familiar Household- Arabic and Islamic Studies in Honour of Isaac Adejoju Ogunbiyi Lagos, 2003, pp. 113-28.
  4. 2008 ‘The Role of Religious Leaders in Addressing Social

Injustice’, in Z. I. Oseni (ed.), Fluorescence of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Nigeria- Festschrift in Honour of Professor Wahab O, A. Nasiru, Ibadan: Heinemann, 2008, pp. 234-43.

  1. 2009 ‘Laḥn in the Qur’ān and its Literatures: Issues and Meanings in Textual Analysis and Recitational Discourse’, in Mohammed Nekroumi & Jan Meise (Eds), Modern Controversies in Quranic Studies– Bonner Islamstudien (BIS) Band 7, Hamburg: EB Verlag, pp. 27-43.
  2. 2014 ‘The West African Manuscript Heritage: Challenges of the Digital Revolution in a Research Economy’ in Terry Barringer and Marion Wallace (Eds), African Studies in a Digital Age. The Disconnects?, Leiden and Boston: Brill, pp. 128-147.
  3. 2017 “From the Intellectual Powerhouse of Ilorin (Nigeria): Elegy in the Work of Adam ‘Abdullah al-Ilori”, in Michael Kemper & Ralf Elger (Eds), The Piety of Learning. Islamic Studies in Honour of Stefan Reichmuth, Leiden: Brill, pp. 38-61.
  4. 2018 “Islamic Historical Sources: Manuscripts and Online”.Oxford Research Emcyclopedia ORE_AFH-00124.R1

Technical Papers

Conferences/Workshop Attended with Date and Paper Presented (Selected)

  1. 1989 ‘From Value Judgment to Theoretical Formalism: The Development of Arabic Theory on Sariqa (Plagiarism)’, Proceedings of the 1989 International Conference on Europe and Middle East, Durham United Kingdom 1989, pp. 384-94.
  2. 1990 ‘Ḍarūrat al-Shi‘r: the Story of a Dispensation’. BRISEMS/AFEMAM Conference Volume of Abstracts, Paris, p. 118.
  3. ‘Women Critics in Arabic literary Tradition with Particular Reference to Sukayna Bint al-Husayn’, Proceedings of the 1991 International BRISMES Conference London, Pp. 358-66.
  4. 1992 ‘A Note on Arabic Literary Theory: On Ḍarūrāt al-shi‘r (Poetic Licenses)’, in Proceedings of the 33rd ICANAS Conference Toronto 1990 (Toronto, 1992), pp. 184-88.
  5. 2009a   ‘Islamic Education in Nigeria: Some Issues in Modernity and Tradition” in Congress of Education in the Islamic Countries, ed. Muharrem Hilmi Ozev, Istanbul: Tasam Publication, 2009, pp. 301-318.
  6. 2009b ‘New Perspectives on the Phenomenology of Error (Laḥn) in Scriptural Qur’an’. In Papers of the 38 International Congress of Asian and North African Studies 10-15 September 2007 (Ankara: Ataturk Kultur, 2009, pp. 333-344.
  7. 2010 ‘Rethinking and Repackaging Islamic Studies in Sub-Saharan Africa: Responses to Modernity and Globalization- The Nigerian Example”, in Proceedings IAS-AEI International Conference. New Horizons in Islamic Area Studies. Islamic Scholarship Across Cultures & Continents. Edited Roziah Omar et al (Kuala Lumpur: Asia-Europe Institute University of Malaya, 2010), pp. 50-66.



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