Full Name: Professor Sanni Amidu Olalekan
– 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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Community Service Experience
Area of Specialization:
PEACE STUDIES, SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY, INTER RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE, MANUSCRIPTOLOGY.
- 1980 ‘al-Maẓāhir al-rāhina fi masraḥ Naijīriya al-Siyāsī’, (in Arabic) al-Anwar (Unibadan), vol. 1, pp. 16-25.
- 1985 ‘Translation Movement in a Literary Continuum: the Arabic Experience’, Alore (Unilorin) Vol. 1 & 2, pp 80-97.
- 1989 ‘On Taḍmīn (Enjambment) and Structural Coherence in Classical Arabic Poetry’, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) Vol 52, pp 463-66.
- 1990a ‘Interpretation in a Theoretical Tradition: on Īṭā’ in Arabic Poetics’, Journal of Arabic Literature, Vol. 21, pp 155-62.
- 1990b ‘Perspectives in a Religious System: the Role and Status of Poetry in Islam’, Islamic Studies (Islamabad-Pakistan), Vol. 29, pp. 339-52.
- 1990c ‘A General Survey of Philological Tradition: Patterns and Models in Arabic Lexicography’, Al-Fikr. Annual Journal of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, (Unibadan Nigeria), Vol. 11 pp. 121 –147.
- 1990d ‘Of Poets and Poetry: the Islamic Viewpoint’, Islamic Culture (India), Vol. 64, nos 2 &3, pp. 129-37.
- 1991a ‘Features and Orientations of the Early Works on Arabic Poetics’, Hamdard Islamicus (Pakistan), Vol. 14, no. 2, pp 5-11.
- 1991b ‘Arabic Grammar: an Islamic Philological Science in New Lights’, Islamic Studies (Islamabad–Pakistan), Vol.30 no. 3, pp. 403-12.
- 1991c ‘al-Mutannabī bayna ‘l-usṭūra wa-l-tārīkh’ (in Arabic), Journal of Arabic and Religious Studies Unilorin, Vol. 8, pp 21-33.
- 1992a ‘The Original Sin in Arabic Poetics’ Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol 55, no, 1, pp. 9-15.
- 1992b ‘The Arabic Science of Lexicography: State of the Art’, Islamic Studies, Vol 31, no. 3, pp 141-68.
- ‘The Exception that proves many Rules’, Hamdard Islamicus, Vol 15, no 2, pp. 29-41.
- 1993a ‘A Fourth Century Contribution to Literary Theory: Ibn Fāris’s Thesis on Poetic Licenses’, Journal of Arabic Literature, Vol. 34 pp. 11-20.
- 1994a ‘Filiation: the Arabic Theorist’s Prescription for Excellence’, Quaderni di Studi Arabi, (Venice-Italy), Vol. 12, pp. 3-14.
- 1994b ‘A General Survey of a Philological Tradition: Patterns and Models in Arabic Lexicography, Journal or Oriental and African Studies (Athens-Greece), Vol 6, pp. 67-94.
- 1994c ‘A Tenth-Century Portrayal of the Resurrection Scene in Verse: Qaṣīda li Abī Muḥammad, translated and annotated, Research Bulletin- Centre for Arabic Documentation (Unibadan), Vol. 20 (1992-94), pp. 1-14.
- 1995a ‘Arabic Literary History and Theory in Muslim Spain’, Islamic Studies, Vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 91-102.
- 1995b ‘A Case Study in Acculturation: an Arabic Literary Exemplar from Southern Nigeria’, Islamic Studies, Vol 34, no. 4, pp. 427-50.
- 1996a ‘A Weak Point in a strong Chain: On Ikfā‘ in Arabic Poetics’, Arabica (Leiden- Netherlands), Vol. 43, pp. 361-68.
- 1997 ‘A Bridge across two Disciplines: an Aspect of Einstein’s Orientation in Arabic Literary Theory’, Journal of Research University of Punjab [Lahore- Pakistan), Vol. 31, nos 1& 2, pp. 81-99.
- 1998 ‘Again on Taḍmīn in Arabic Theoretical Discourse’, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 61, no. 4, pp. 1-19.
- 1999a ‘Recomposition an Aspect of Arabic Literary Theory’, Islamic Culture, Vol. 73, no. 4, pp. 105-20.
- 1999b ‘The Authority of Tradition and the Tradition of Authority: On Innovation and Imitation in Arabic and early Classical Theoretical Discourse’, Journal of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 10, pp. 19-51.
- 1999c ‘At the Threshold of Paradise and Hell: a Tenth-Century Verse Narrative on Resurrection from Qayrawān’, Journal of the Faculty of Islamic Studies and Arabic’ [Peshawar-Pakistan]], Vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 1-22.
- 2000a ‘The Arabic Theory of Originality and Imitation in a new Light’, Asiatische Studien-(Journal of the Swiss Asiatic Society Bern-Switzerland). Vol 54, no. 3, pp. 597-608.
- 2000b ‘Observation and Documentation: the First Chapter in Arabic Literary Theory’, Al-Hadārah LASU Journal of Arabic And Islamic Studies, Vol 3 , pp. 1-11.
- 2000c ‘Al-Marzubānī: The Cinderella Of Classical Arabic Poetics’, Journal of the Faculty of Islamic Studies and Arabic, Vol. 5, no. 1, 2002, Pp. 27.
- 2001a Did Ṭarafa actually steal from Imru’ 1-Qays?: On Coincidence of Expressions and Thoughts (Tawārud) In Arabic Literary Theory’, Arabic and Middle Eastern Literatures, Vol. 4, no. 2, 117-36.
- 2001c ‘The Indigenization of an Intellectual Tradition: a New Trend in Contemporary Islam in Yorubaland (Nigeria), Studies in Contemporary Islam, Vol. 3 no. 2, pp 31-47.
- 2001d ‘The Secretary (kātib) and his Tool in Medieval Islam: Prosification as a Professional Technique’, Journal for Islamic Studies [Durban-South Africa] Vol.12, pp 85 –113.
- 2002 ‘Diagnosis through Rosary and Sand: Islamic Elements in the Healing Custom of the Yoruba (Nigeria)’, Medicine and Law, Vol. 21, no. 2, pp 295-306.
- 2003b ‘Al-Tawḥīdī’s “Epistle on the Sciences: an Epistemological Study of the Section on balāgha’ (rhetoric)’, Journal of Oriental and African Studies, Vol.12, pp 39-51.
- 2004 ‘The Historic Encounter between al-Mutanabbī and al-Ḥātimī: its Contribution to the Discourse on ghuluww (hyperbole) in Arabic Literary Theory’, Journal of Arabic Literature, Vol. 35, no. 2, pp 159-74.
- ‘The Sacralisation of Violence in the Promotion of Religious Idealism: the Nigerian Experience’, Hamdard Islamicus, Vol 29, no 3, pp. 27-33.
- 2006b ‘Challenges and Realities in the Healing and Power Accession Custom of the Yoruba Muslims of Nigeria’, Journal of Oriental and African Studies, Vol 15, pp. 145-56.
- 2007a ‘The Shari‘ah Conundrum in Nigeria and the Zamfara
- 2007b ‘The Nigerian Muslim Youth and the Sharia Controversy: Issues in Violence Engineering in the Public Sphere’, Journal of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 16, pp. 119-33.
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].
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.
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).
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.
Chapters in Books
- The Section on Benin (Republic), in Al-Furqan World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts (Leiden: Brill, 1992), vol. 1, pp 83-86.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2008 ‘The Role of Religious Leaders in Addressing Social
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2018 “Islamic Historical Sources: Manuscripts and Online”.Oxford Research Emcyclopedia ORE_AFH-00124.R1
Conferences/Workshop Attended with Date and Paper Presented (Selected)
- 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.
- 1990 ‘Ḍarūrat al-Shi‘r: the Story of a Dispensation’. BRISEMS/AFEMAM Conference Volume of Abstracts, Paris, p. 118.
- ‘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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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