Name: Yahya Oyewole Imam

Unit: Centre for Research Development and In-House Training (CREDIT)

Rank: Professor of Islamic Studies and Research Manager (Humanities   Cluster)

Highest Qualification: Ph.D

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Prof. Yahya Oyewole Imam began his academic career at the University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria in 1989 as a Graduate Assistant. He steadily rose through the ranks and became a Professor of Islamic Law in 2007 in the same University. While in Maiduguri, he served in different capacities at the departmental, faculty and university levels. He was for instance Postgraduate Coordinator in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri,(2005-2011) Chairman Organising Committee, 2nd Faculty of Arts National Conference(2009) and a member of the University of Maiduguri Internal Accreditation Committee(2011).

Prof. Imam is a member of the Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS) where he served in various capacities at the national levels. He is the Founder and Chair of the Association for the Study of the Interplay between Religion and Science (ASIRS).  He is also a founding member of the Consultative Assembly for National and International Imams (CANII), Finland.

Prof. Yahya Imam was external examiner to Postgraduate Studies at the Bayero University, Kano and Lagos State University, Ojo . He was a Consultant to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)  and UNICEF.

Prof. Imam joined the services of the University of Ilorin, Ilorin in 2012 as a Professor of Islamic Studies and Research Manager (Humanities Cluster), the position he occupies till date.

Prof Yahya is widely travelled across the globe to attend conferences and present papers. Though he specialises in Islamic Law, he has deep interest in Interfaith Dialogue, Religion and Science and Islam in the Modern World. He is happily married with children.

Publications

  1. a) Books
  1. Y.O. Imam   (ed) (2010), Religion and Environment, Association for the Study of the Interplay between Religion and Science (ASIRS), Ibadan, x + 247pp.
  2. Y.O. Imam et.al (eds), (2009),Al-Idaratu’lcAmahwa’t-Taknolojiya’lcIlamiyah fi minzari’d- Dirasati’lcArabiyahwa’lIslamiyah, Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS), vii +272pp.
  3. Y.O. Imam et.al (eds),(2009),  Public Administration and Information and Communication and Technology(ICT) through the Lenses of Arabic and  Islamic Studies, Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS),  viii + 176pp.  
  4. Y.O. Imam (ed), (2009) Religion and Health Sciences, Association for the Study of the Interplay between Religion and Science (ASIRS), Ibadan, viii+124pp.
  5. Y.O. Imam et.al (eds), (2008), Al-Mar’atu’lMuslimahwaTahdiyatu’lMujtamici’lMacasir, Part 2, Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS), vi +203pp.
  6. Y.O. Imam et.al (eds), (2008), The Muslim Woman and the Challenges of the Contemporary Society,Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS), vi +91pp.
  7. Y.O. Imam et al. (eds), (2007),Nigerian Universities in the 21st Century; Issues and Perspectives, Faculty of Arts, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri,x +213 pp.
  8. Y.O. Imam (ed),(2007), Interplay between Religion and Science, Book  One, Association for the Study of the Interplay between Religion and Science, Maiduguri, 64pp.
  9. J.P. Dada, Y.O. Imam, F.E.Idoko, H.T. Ribadu and S.J.Bwala (eds),(2006),Essays on Research Methodology, Faculty of Arts, University of Maiduguri, xvi + 179 pp.
  10. Y.O. Imam (2004), Religious Crises and Social Disruptions in North-eastern Nigeria, Loud Books(Publishers), Ibadan, 74 pp.

  1. b) Journals
  1. Y.O. Imam (2007), “The Treaty of Hudaybiyahas a Recipe for Crisis Management in Nigeria”,Maiduguri Journal of Peace and Development Studies, Vol. 1, No 2, pp.97-106.
  2. Y.O. Imam (2006), “Towards Patriotic Leadership and National Rebirth in Nigeria: The Orthodox Caliphate as a Panacea”, Al- Mahram, Vol. 2, pp.190-199.
  3. Y.O. Imam (2005), “Examination Ethics in the Qur’an as a Recipe for  Examination Malpractice in Nigeria”, Educational  Forum,  Vol.8, pp 20-25.
  4. Y.O. Imam (2004), “Religious Organizations and Progressive Social  Change : Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria as a Case Study”, Islamic Studies, Vol. 43, pp.631-651.
  5. Y.O. Imam (2004), “The Tradition of Qur’anic Learning in Borno”, Journal of Qur’anic Studies, Vol. 6, pp.96-102.
  6. Y.O. Imam (2004), “Islam on the Internet”, LIWURAM, Vol. 11, pp.71-89
  7. Y.O. Imam (2004), “Public Complaints in the Islamic  and Nigerian Polities: A  Search for Efficiency”,  ORITA, Vol. 36, pp. 57-72.
  8. Y.O. Imam (2002), “Lessons for the Nigerian Youth in the Story of Ashab al-Kahf”, JARS, Vol. 16, pp. 158-171.
  9. Y.O. Imam (2002), “Leadership of Women in Islam: A Critique of Some Scholars and Medical Evidences”, Ado Journal of Religions, Vol. 1, pp. 86-97.
  10. Y.O. Imam (2002), “Religious Pluralism: An Indispensable Tool for National Unity”, Arts and Social Sciences Forum Journal, Vol. 9, pp. 86-95.
  11. Y.O. Imam (2000), “Towards a Viable Constitutional Arrangement in Nigeria: The Madinan Model”, HamdardIslamicus, Vol. 23, pp 77-88.
  12. Y.O. Imam (2000),“An Assessment of the Political and the Religious Relations between Sir Abubakar III and the Shehus of Borno 1938-1988”, Al-Lawh, Vol. 1,pp. 70-84.
  13. Y.O. Imam (1999), “The Role of Islam in Ameliorating Minority Marginalization in Nigeria: The Case Study of Ogoni”, HamdardIslamicus,  Vol. 22,  pp. 68-79.
  14. Y.O. Imam (1997), “Islamic Law of Industrial and Labour Relations as a Panacea for Industrial Dispute in Nigeria”, The Sharicah, Vol. 1, pp. 77-83.
  15. I.O. Oloyede and  Y.O. Imam  (1996&1997), “Shari’ah as  an Instrument of  Global Peace  and Unity”, Al-Fikr, Vols. 17 & 18, pp.67-74.
  16. Y.O. Imam (1996), “Emancipation of Slaves in the First Century of Islam”, The Islamic Quarterly, Vol. 40, pp. 118-126.
  17. Y.O. Imam (1995), “Islamic Health Care Services in the Contemporary World”, The Islamic Quarterly, Vol. 39, pp. 234-244.
  18. Y.O. Imam (1994-1995), “Borno State Government  and the Teaching of Islamic Studies in the Secondary  Schools : Maiduguri Metropolitan  Council as a Model”, Annals of Borno,  Vols. 11/12, pp. 50-58.
  19. Y.O.Imam  (1993),“Hereditary Succession in Islamic Polity”, The Islamic Quarterly, Vol.37, pp. 143-156.
  1. c) Chapters in Books
  1. Y.O. Imam (2009),“The Position of Healing in Islam”, in  Y.O. Imam (ed), Religion and Health Sciences, Association for the Study of the Interplay between Religion and Science (ASIRS), Ibadan, pp. 67-83.
  2. Y.O. Imam (2008), “Healing in Islam: A Case Study of the Spiritual Effects of NASFAT among Muslims in Nigeria”, in Z.I Oseni (ed), The Fluorescence of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Nigeria, HEBN, Ibadan, pp.81-89.
  3. Y.M. Imam, Y.O.Imam and Y.M. Kassa (2007), “Dress Code and Academic Conduct in the Nigerian Universities: Challenges to the Muslim Students”, in  Y.O.Imam et.al (eds),Nigerian Universities in the 21st Century: Issues and Perspectives, Faculty of Arts, University of Maiduguri,  pp. 28-41.
  4. Y.O. Imam (2007),“Problems and Prospects of the Teaching of Islamic Studies in the Nigerian Universities: University of Maiduguri  as a Model”,  in L.M. Adetona (ed.) Islamic Studies in Contemporary Nigeria: Problems and Prospects, Romio Concepts, Lagos, pp. 35-63.
  5. Y.O. Imam (2006), “Islam On-Line : An Assessment of Submissions on Women  in Islam on the Internet”, in  M.A. Muhibbudin, (ed.),Globalization and Terrorism: The Response ofIslamic Scholarship,Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies, pp. 154-168.
  6. Y.O. Imam (2006),“Discourse on Ethical Issues in Research”, in J.P. Dada et.al. (eds.) Essays in Research Methodology, Faculty of Arts, University of Maiduguri, pp.139-148.
  7. Y.O. Imam (2004),”An Assessment of Commercialization of WalimatuKhatmi’l Qur’an among the Yoruba”, in DanoyeOguntola-Laguda (ed),Religion: Study and Practice in Nigeria,Free Enterprise Publishers, Lagos, pp. 61-71.
  8. Y.O. Imam (2003),”The Application of Sharicah in Nigeria’s 4th Republic: Problems and Prospects”,in Z.I Oseni  (ed.), A  Digest  on Islamic Jurisprudence in  Nigeria, NAMLAS, pp.138-150.
  9. Y.O. Imam(2002),”Mirroring Sharicah Dynamism Through Rukhsah”, in  M.A. Mu’azu and A.O. Olayiwola (eds.),  Perspectives in Sharicah, Sakirabe Publishers, Maiduguri, pp.211-240.
  10. Y.O. Imam (2000), “Reflections on the Religious  World View of Nigeriansin Zaynab Alkali’s  The Virtuous Woman”, in  Idris O.O. Amali (ed.),Zaynab Alkali in Focus: Critical  Perspectives on a Female  Voice  from Northern  Nigeria,  Kamal Supreme Printers, Maiduguri, pp. 267-279.
  11. Y.O. Imam (2000), “Criticizing the Critics: An Evaluation  of Islamic Ideals  in the Works of Zaynab Alkali”, in Idris O.O. Amali (ed.),Zaynab Alkali in Focus: Critical Perspectives on a Female  Voice from Northern Nigeria, Kamal Supreme Printers, Maiduguri, pp.299-318.
  12. Y.O. Imam (1999), “The Changing Role of Islamic Scholars in Nigeria”,in M.O. Attah (ed.),The Humanities and Human Resources Development, Faculty of Arts, University of Maiduguri, pp.171-179.
  13. Y.O. Imam (1997), “Controlling the Outbreak and Spread of Epidemics in the Arid and Semi-Arid  areas of  Nigeria; An Islamic Approach”,  in M.M. Daura  (ed.), Issues in Environmental Monitoring in Nigeria, Latter Day Publishers, Maiduguri, pp.303-306.


d). Proceedings

  1. Y.O. Imam (2007), “Sharicah and Good Governance in Nigeria: The Caliphate ofcUmar Al-Khattab as a Model”, in  H. Dlakwa, J.P. Dada and H.I. Bazza (eds.),Challenges of Peace and Good Governance in Nigeria, Centre for Peace and Development Studies, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri,  pp.237-260.

  1. ACCEPTANCES
  1. Y.O. Imam et.al. (eds),  Humanities and the Challenges of the 21st Century, Faculty of Arts, University of Maiduguri.
  2. Y.O. Imam, “Challenges of Animal Husbandry to the Muslims”, Accepted in Y.O. Imam (ed.), Interplay between Religion and Science, Book Two, Association for the Study of the Interplay between Religion and Science(ASIRS).
  3. I.O. Oloyede and Y.O. Imam ,Rukhsah in the Sharicah and Contemporary Challenges to the Muslims, Accepted in Islamic Culture.
  4. Y.O. Imam, Fundamental Rights of the Citizens in a Federal Polity: The Islamic Model,  Accepted in A. Qadri and M. Tabi’u (eds) NAMLAS Publication.

  1. Work in the Press
  1. Y.O. Imam, R.I. Adebayo and A.I Ali-Agan (eds),  Dynamics of Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences: Essays in Honour of Prof. Is-Haq Olanrewaju Oloyede, Spectrum Books, Ibadan, 329pp


  1. OTHER SCHOLARLY PRODUCTIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
  1. Y.O. Imam, “Revisiting Discourses on Causes, Consequences and Solutions to Religious Crises in Nigeria”, A paper presented at a forum organised by the Centre for Inter-faith Relations and Cross Cultural (CIRCCO) Outreach  for Muslim religious leaders  and held at Ogbomoso Central Mosque, Ogbomoso,  on Saturday, 30th November 2013.
  2. Y.O. Imam, “Promoting Academic  Excellence through Research among Staff and Students of the University of Ilorin, Ilorin: The Role of the Centre for Research Development and In-House Training (CREDIT) ”, A paper prepared for presentation at the University of Ilorin 2013/2014 Registration Forum held at the University of Ilorin Main Auditorium on Thursday, 26th September, 2013.
  3. Y.O. Imam, “Towards People-Driven and People Owned African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM): The Role of Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs),” A paper prepared for APRM 10th Anniversary  Colloquium held at Addis Ababa, 21-22 May, 2013.
  4. Y..O. Imam, “The Role of   ‘Ulamā’ in Islamic Awakening in Nigeria, ” A paper prepared for The World Conference on  ‘Ulamā, Thinkers and Islamic Awakening, held at Summit Hall, Shahid Chamran Express Way, Tehran, ’29-30 April, 2013.
  5. Y.O. Imam, “Lessons for  the Nigerian Muslims in the Life and Activities of Shaykh Adam Abdullah Al-Ilory,” A chapter contributed to a Book Project in honour of Shaykh Adam Abdullah Al-Ilory. 2013.
  6. Y.O. Imam, “Islamic Criminal Justice and Contemporary Challenges in Nigeria”, A paper presented at the International Seminar on Islam and Modernism in Nigeria jointly organised by the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan and The Dominican Institute, Ibadan held at Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan between November 6 & 7, 2012.
  7. Y.O. Imam, “Political Dimension to Faith-Based Terrorism: The Nigerian Experience,” A paper presented at the 6th Conference of  Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN) held at Banquet  Hall,  Government House, Ilorin, Kwara State, 29-30 June, 2012.
  8. Y.O. Imam, “Africa and the Voices of Religious Intolerance: Can Something be Done?” A paper presented at the International Conference on Empowering the Role of Imams in Tackling Religious Related Crises held at BalderinSali Conference Hall, Helsinki, Finland, 16-19 June, 2012.  
  9. Y.O. Imam, “Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Maiduguri and Human Resource Development (HRD) in Nigeria,” A paper presented at an International Conference on Arabic and Islamic Cultural Studies organised by the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, 10-12 April, 2012.
  10. Y.O. Imam, “Strengthening the Religious , Historical and Cultural Ties  between Turkey and Muslim Countries and Communities in Africa : Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs’ (NSCIA) Proposals, ” A paper presented at the 2nd African Muslim Religious Leaders Summit organised by the Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey,  , held in Istanbul, Turkey, 21-25November, 2011.
  11. Abdul Lateef Adegbite and Y.O. Imam, “National Security and Religious Violence: The Muslim Perspective,” A paper presented at the International Conference  on Security and the Law  organised by National Open University of Nigeria, held in Lagos, Nigeria, 22-24 November, 2011.
  12. Y.O. Imam, “Muslims’ Response to Interfaith Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence in Nigeria, A revised version of the paper titled “The Imperatives for Christian-Muslim Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence in Nigeria: A Muslim Perspective, ” A paper presented at Inter-Religious Peace Conference on Muslim-Christian Relations in Nigeria, EYN Headquarters Conference Hall, Kwarhi-Mubi, Adamawa State Nigeria, 19-21 January, 2010.
  13. Abdul Lateef Adegbite and Y.O. Imam, “Religion and Culture as  a Tool for National Integration, Global Peace and International Understanding, ” A paper presented at the Global Conference on Black Nationalities, held in Osogbo, Nigeria, 23-27 August, 2010.
  14. Y.O. Imam,” Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) and the Quest for Peace in Nigeria,” A paper presented at the 2nd National Conference of the Centre for Peace, Diplomatic and Development Studies, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, 22-25 February, 2010.  
  15. Y.O. Imam, “The Imperatives for Christian-Muslim Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence in Nigeria: A Muslim Perspective, ” A paper presented at Inter-Religious Peace Conference on Muslim-Christian Relations in Nigeria, EYN Headquarters Conference Hall, Kwarhi-Mubi, Adamawa State Nigeria, 19-21 January, 2010.
  16. Y.O. Imam, “From a Humble Beginning to a Dignifying Transition: A Reflection on the Life and  Times of W.O.A. Nasiru”, A paper presented at the Ramadan Lecture in Honour of Prof W.O.A. Nasiru at the University of Ibadan Central Mosque, Ibadan, Saturday, 19 September, 2009.
  17. I.O. Oloyede and Y.O. Imam, “Challenges of Hajj Operation in Nigeria”, A paper presented at the 2nd National Conference on Hajj organised by Waff Road Mosque Forum, held at Arewa House, Kaduna, 24-26 July 2009.   
  18. Abdul Lateef Adegbite and Y.O. Imam, “Moon Sighting among Nigerian Muslim Ummah”, A paper presented at the National Forum of Islamic Scholars on Moon Sighting, Observance of Islamic Festivals and Certain Issues on Hajj held at the Conference Hall, Abuja National Mosque, 6-7 July, 2009.
  19. Y.O.Imam, “Religious Organisations and the War Against Corruption in Nigeria”, A paper presented at the 5th Triennial Conference of the Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria, Northern States Council,  held at Musa Usman Secretariat, Maiduguri, 21-23 March, 2008.
  20. Y.O. Imam, “Bilkis and Women Leadership in the Modern Times”, A paper presented at the 2nd  Faculty of Arts Conference on Humanities and the Challenges of the 21st Century, University of Maiduguri, 27-31 January 2008.
  21. Y.O. Imam, “Dacwah in the Cyberspace”, A paper presented at a Workshop organised  by the Borno Muslim Ummah held at Kashim Ibrahim  College of Education, Maiduguri.
  22. Y.O. Imam, “Islamic Solutions to Child Abuse in Nigeria,” A paper presented at the 2nd Tehran Congress on  Religion and Mental Health, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, 21-23 April, 2007.
  23. Y.O. Imam, “Women and Society: An Appraisal of the Activities of the Federation of Muslim Women Associations in Nigeria(FOMWAN),” A paper prepared for presentation at the 1st Tehran Congress on Science and Religion,1-4 May, 2006.
  24. Y.O. Imam, “Islam and Reproductive Health,” A paper prepared for presentation at the Metanexus Institute Conference on Science and Religion, University of Pennyslvania, Philadelphia, USA, May, 2005.
  25. Y.O. Imam, “Ensuring Free and Fair Elections in Nigeria: The Islamic Approach,” presented at the Conference on Nigeria Under Democratic Rule(1999-2003), held at  the Africa Hall, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, 20-21 August, 2003.
  26. Y.O. Imam(2003), “A Study of Rukhsah in the Sharicah in the Modern Times,” Unpublished PhD Thesis, Department of Religions, University of Ilorin, Ilorin.
  27. Y.O. Imam(2000), “The Effects of Trans- Border Trade on the Socio-economic, Political and Religious Development of North-eastern Nigeria,” A Final Report on a project sponsored by  IFRA-IBADAN (French Institute for Research in Africa).
  28. Y.O Imam(1999), “The Situation of Almajiri in North-eastern Nigeria,”A final report on the consultancy sponsored by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Zone D, Bauchi, Nigeria.
  29. Y.O. Imam (1999), “A Critical Assessment of the Teaching and Students’ Performance in Islamic Studies in Borno State Secondary Schools : Biu, Gwoza and Maiduguri Metropolitan Areas as a Case Study,” A final Report on University of Maiduguri Research Committee sponsored project.
  30. Y.O. Imam (1996), “An Assessment of the Role of Religions in the Life of Benin People”, A paper prepared for presentation at the Great Benin Centenary Symposium.
  31. Y.O. Imam (1995), “Towards the Improvement of Qur’anic Recitation and Memorization in Borno State, ”A paper presented at the 19th Annual National Conference of the Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies(NATAIS), held at Ijebu Muslim College, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, 26-30 December, 1995.
  32. Y.O.Imam (1991), “Muslim Women in Nigerian Politics,” A paper presented at the Faculty of Arts Symposium, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri.
  33. Y.O. Imam (1990), “A Critical Study of the Concept of Rukhsah in the Islamic Jurisprudence,” Unpublished M.A. Dissertation, Department of Religious Studies, University of Jos, Jos.  
  34. Y.O. Imam (1987), “The Islamic and Customary Laws of Inheritance in Ibadan,” Unpublished B.A. Research Project, Department of Religious Studies, University of Jos, Jos.

Conferences and Workshop presentations

  1. Towards Efficient Research Administration and Management in the Nigerian Universities: Lessons from the University of Ilorin A paper presented at the 1st Collaborative Research Initiatives Conference organised by the Kwara State University, Malete  from 9th -13th June, 2015.
  2. O. Imam (2016) Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Funders in the Humanities A presentation at the Grantsmanship Workshop for the Humanities organised by the Centre for Research Development and In-House Training (CREDIT) , University of Ilorin, Ilorin on the 20th and 21st July, 2016
  3. O. Imam (2016) Building and Strengthening Capacities for Research and Research Management in the Institutions of Higher Learning in Nigeria: The University of Ilorin Experience A presentation at the 10th WARIMA Conference held at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit, Banjul, Gambia, from 11th -16th December, 2016.