Arabic and Sociocultural Change among the Yoruba

  • Oladipo Salami


In an earlier study, I examined the sociolinguistic dimensions of language use in the mediation of religious experience with particular focus for Yoruba language and religious practices (Salami 2006). In that study, I tried not only to show that for the Yoruba people religion is a critical domain of experience but also that the use of the Yoruba language plays a pivotal role in this experience. In the present study, I intend to look at the impact of a foreign language — Arabic — as well as the religion of Islam on the religious life and world view of the Yoruba people as they are manifested in the Yoruba language. In doing this, I will attempt to investigate the process of change in Yoruba culture as it tries to accommodate the linguistic and religious influences from Arabic and Islam.


Religious Practice Religious Experience Religious Life Arabic Language Language Change 
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