A Study on the Historical Development of Tsangaya System of Islamic Education in Nigeria: A Case Study of Yobe State


  • Ibrahim Dahiru Idriss Department of Primary Education, Federal College of Education (Technical), Potiskum Yobe State, Nigeria,
  • Mohd Roslan Mohd Nor Department of Islamic History and Civilization, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya Malaysia
  • Adamu Abubakar Muhammad Department of Religious Studies Federal University of Kashere, Gombe State, Nigeria,
  • Abubakar Idris Barde Registry Department Federal University Gashua Yobe State, Nigeria




Education, Historical, Islamic, Nigeria, System, Tsangaya


This study aims to examine the concept of Islamic education and historical establishment of Tsangaya system of education in Nigeria and Yobe State in particular until present. Tsangaya refers to the informal school or place where teaching and learning of the glorious Qur’an and other Islamic sciences is taken place. The system otherwise called traditional Qur’anic school system, it has been in existence centuries prior to the British colonization as a source of moral guidance and educational training for the Muslim particularly in northern part of Nigeria. It has also contributed extremely to promoting Qur’anic education, inculcating self-discipline, spiritual growth of Muslim individuals and the communities respectively. The study employed a qualitative research approach that entails the techniques of documentation and interviews in collecting data while inductive approach to content analysis was utilized for data analysis. The outcome of this study reveals that Tsangaya system of education in northern Nigeria have developed rapidly since its establishment irrespective of some prevailing problems and they make a positive contribution on the society in terms of spiritual, moral and social wellbeing


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How to Cite

Dahiru Idriss, I., Mohd Nor, M. R. ., Muhammad, A. A. ., & Barde , A. I. . (2022). A Study on the Historical Development of Tsangaya System of Islamic Education in Nigeria: A Case Study of Yobe State. UMRAN - International Journal of Islamic and Civilizational Studies, 9(2), 59–71. https://doi.org/10.11113/umran2022.9n2.553



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