Name: R.D. Abubakre (Ph.D London)

Area of Specialization: Arabic (Rhetoric Syntax Prosody)

Rank: Professor

Professor Razaq ‘Deremi Abubakre joined the University of Ilorin as a teacher and researcher in Arabic from September 30, 1980 as Lecturer  II. He rose through the ranks to become Professor of Arabic in 1989. He has served as head of Department of Religions, University of Ilorin 1992-95. Acting Dean Faculty of Arts March 11-April 22, 1991 and Substative Dean Faculty of Arts, September 15, 2001-July 31 2003; He has made study visits to the Federal Republic of Germany twice on the invitation of the DAAD, German Academic Exchange Programme, to the University of Bayrenth May-July 1987, and Ruhr University Bochum, May-July 1996. Professor Abubakre is a prolific, a sound scholar, and the most senior serving professor of Arabic in Nigeria as of today. Professor Abubakre collaborates with scholars in Europe and the United States of American in the area of comparative Arabic Literature; A number of Articles on comparative literature are jointly authored by Professor Abubakre and his German colleague Professor Stefan Reichmuth of the Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany in a book and a journal published in the Netherlands and the USA respectively;He also assisted Professor John Hunwick, based in the USA, in the Production of Arabic Literature in Africa II: The Writings of the Central Sudanic Arabic, (E.J. Brill, Leiden, 1995. He was founding. editor of the Journal of Arabic and Religions Studies, Department of Religions, University of Ilorin, 1985. Editor-in-chief, Centre point  Journal of the University of Ilorin, Library and Publications Committee 1993-97 Splited the Journal to two: Humanities and Science edition 1994. Member Editorial Board NVMEN, Journal DIAHR. He is an Awardee of NATAIS FASN-Fellow of Arabic Studies award for his outstanding Contribution to Arabic Learning Teaching, Character Monlding and Service to the Nigerian and International Communities and Awaedee of NASR Fellow of Academy of Religions FAR in recognition of Outstanding Contributions to progressive religions education and Scholarship in Nigeria and overseas. He was the Vice-Chancellor, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, 2008-2010. He has served on many national academic assignments such as the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council, the National Universities Commission for the Arabic development in Nigeria and National Board of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Zaria, September 2011 to 2012. . Presently, he a Federal Commissioner for Public Complain Comission in Osun State.


A.    Books

  1. Bello-Iman I.B. and Abubakre R.D. (2009) eds.) Yar'adua's Seven-Point Agenda, An Assessment  Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Nigeria 430p.
  2. Abubakre, R. D. (2004), The Interplay of Arabic and Yoruba Cultures in South-Western Nigeria, Darul-ilm, Iwo, Nigeria, p.604.
  3. P. Ade Dopamu, R.D. Abubakre et al (eds) 2003, African Culture Modern Science and Religious Thought, African Centre for Religions and Sciences, Ìlorin.
  4. Abubakre, R. D. (2002), Survival of Arabic in Difficult Terrains, The 58th Inaugural Lecture, University of Ìlorin, University Library and Publications Committee, p.48.
  5. Abubakre, R. D. (1995), Arabic Literature of Africa II: The Writings of Central Sudanic Arabic (ALA) Leiden, E.J. Brill, p.550.
  6. Abubakre, R. D. (1993a), Editor-in-Chief, Religions and Politics in Nigeria (NASR), p.200.
  7. Abubakre, R. D. (1993b), Religion and Service to the Nation, Publication of the Nigerian Association for the Study of Religions, p.157.
  8. Abubakre, R. D. (1993c), Studies in Religious Understanding in Nigeria, Publication of the Nigerian Association for the Study of Religions, pp.354.
  9. Abubakre, R. D. (1989), Bayan in Arabic Rhetoric: An Analysis of the Core of     Balaghah, (Intel Printers Ltd., Ibadan), 200pages including preliminaries.
  10. Abubakre, R. D. (1986), Linguistic and non-Linguistic Aspects of Qur’an Translating to Yoruba, Gorg Olms Verag, Hildesheim Zurich, New York, 103pages.This work has been given a very positive review in Journal of Religions in Africa E. J. Brill Leiden, Netherlands (1988), vol. 18 (3 issues). It was reviewed by Ronald Williamson, University of Leeds, U.K.
  11. Abubakre, R. D. (1986), The Shariah and non Muslim in Nigeria: Its Implications for National Unity, University of Ìlorin: Ìlorin, 26pages.
  12. Erivwo, S. U.;    Dopamu P. A.; and Abubakre, R. D. (1981), God Man and Judgement, (Department of Religions, Unilorin), 159pages.
  13. P. Ade Dopamu R.D. Abubakre et al (eds) Religion, Leadership and Society: Focus on Nigeria, Nigeria Association for the Study of Religions.

    B.        Chapters in Books and Journal Articles

  14. Abubakre, R.D. (2009), "The Challenges in the Provision of University Education in Nigeria, in I.B. Bello, and R.D. Abubakre (2009) (eds.) Yar'adua's Seven-Point Agenda An Assessment, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Nigeria.  Pp239-257.
  15. Abubakre, R. D. (2007a), “Aspect of Qur’anic Hints to Science and Technology: A     case Study of Alexander the Great” in Ade P. Dopamu, ed.), Science and     Religion in the Service of Humanity, Local Societies Initiative, University of     Ilorin, pp.30-37.
  16. Abubakre, R.D. (2007b) Islam:  A Missionary Faith in Africa", Ade P. Dopamu etal Dialogue, Isues in contempory Discussion, small Books, Lagos, Nigeria, pp 55-80
  17. Abubakre, R. D. (2006), “The Leading Roles of Ìlorin in Arabic Scholarship in     Nigeria” in S. A. Jimoh (ed.) Ìlorin: Centre of Learning, (Jimson Publishers,     Ilorin), pp.99-116.
  18. Abubakre, R. D. (2005), “The Scientists’ Sure Route to the Realisation of God from     Islamic Perspective, in Confluence of Religions and Science, Local Societies     Initiative, University of Ìlorin, Ìlorin, vol. 1, pp.29-39.
  19. Abubakre, R. D. (2003), “Islam and Healthcare” in P. Ade Dopamu et al (eds.),     African Culture, Modern Science and Religious Thought, (African Centre for     Religions and Sciences) (ACR), University of Ìlorin, Nigeria), pp.499-507.
  20. Abubakre, R. D. (2001a), “Hadiru’l-lughati’l-cArabiyyah fi nijiriya” in NATAIS, vol.     :1, pp.199-212.
  21. Abubakre, R. D. (2001b), “Dhalika murabbi’r-ruh al-Jalil, ash-Shaykh Adam 1    Abdullahi a-Iluri” in Buhuth V, 1:1 al-Fajr Islamic Publication House, Agege,     p.77-86.
  22. Abubakre, R. D. (2001c), Survival of Arabic Terms in Modern Science” in E. A.     Odumuyiwa (ed.), Religion, Science and Culture (NASR), pp.22-27.
  23. Abubakre, R. D. and S. Reichmuth (1997a), “Arabic Writing between Global and     Local Cultures: Scholars and Poets in Yorubaland (Southwestern Nigeria)”,     Research in African Literature: Africa, Indiana University Press and the Ohio     State University, pp.183-209.
  24. Abubakre, R. D. (1997b), “Inter-Religious Dialogue as Preached by a Nigerian     Scholar: The Activities of Shaykh Adam Abdullah Al-Iluri (1917-1992)” in     Centrepoint, UnÌlorin, vol.7:2, pp.189-221.
  25. Abubakre, R. D. and S. Reicmuth (1995a), “Ibadan Lagos and Other Areas of     Southern Nigeria” in J. Hunwick, (ed.), Arabic Literature of Africa, ALA 2, E.     J. Brill, Leiden, pp.493-549.
  26. Abubakre, R. D. and S. Reichmuth (1995b) Leiden, E. J. Brill, “Ìlorin and Nupe in the     Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries in J. Hunwick (ed.), Arabic Literature of     Africa, E.J. Brill, Leiden, Netherlands.
  27. Abubakre, R. D. (1993a), “Islam and Yoruba Ethnic Consciousness” in R. D.     Abubakre (ed.), Religion and Politics, pp.177-200.
  28. Abubakre, R. D. (1993b), “Aspects of Religious Understanding in the Yoruba Folk     Music” in Ugo Bianchi (ed.), Proceeding of the 16th Congress of the     International Association for the History of Religions (I.A.H.R. Publications,     Rome), pp.177-185.
  29. Abubakre, R. D. (1993c), “Address by the President of NASR” in R. D. Abubakre et     al (eds.) Religion and Service to the National, (UASR), pp.3-6.
  30. Abubakre, R. D. (1993d), “Introduction” in R. D. Abubakre et al, (eds.), Studies in     Religious Understanding in Nigeria, (NASR), p.1.
  31. Abubakre, R. D. (1992), “The Academic and non-Academic Study of Islam in Sub-    Saharan Africa: Nigeria as a case study” in Jan Platvoet et al (eds.), The Study     of Religions in Africa Past, Present and Prospects, Cambridge, Roots and     Branches, pp.255-267.
  32. Abubakre, R. D. (1990), “The Place of Religious Instruction in enhancing School     Discipline” in S. A. Jimoh (ed.) School Discipline: A Nigerian Case Study,     Atoto Press, Ìlorin, pp.43-55.
  33. Abubakre, R. D. (1989a), “Qaba i’lu Yoruba min Khilali athari’d-darisim Translation:     “The Yoruba People in the Annals of researchers in Research Bulletine,     Centre Arabic Documentation, Institute of African Studies, University of     Ibadan, Ibadan, pp.1-36.
  34. Abubakre, R. D. (1989b), “Aspects of Variation in the Nigeria Arabic Dialect” In     Annals of Borno, University of Maiduguri, Senate Research Publications 5,     pp.188-189.
  35. Abubakre, R. D. (1987), “The Qur’an and Sunnah as the Basis for Good Muslim-    Christian Relation” in Bulletin on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in     Africa, Selly OAK College Birmingham, U.K. 5:1, pp.8-22. Also published in     French as “Coran et Sunnah a la base de bonnes relations entre Musulumans et     Chretiens”.
  36. Abubakre, R. D. (1986a), “The Role of Muslim Youth in the Propagation of Islam in     Nigeria” in Islam and Modern Age, Husain Institute of Islamic Studies,     Islamic University, New Delhi, India, 22:4, pp.257-270.
  37. Abubakre, R. D. (1986b), “Sociolinguistic Implications of Arabic Learning among the     Yoruba” in RELIGIONS, 10, pp.1-14.
  38. Abubakre, R. D. (1986c), “The Mosque as a place of inculcation of Discipline” in P.     A. Dopamu et al (eds) Religion and Discipline Nigerian Association for the     Study of Religious, pp.111-130.
  39. Abubakre, R. D. (1985), “Typological Classifications of Arabic and Yoruba” in     JARS, 2, pp.46-54.
  40. Abubakre, R. D. (1984a), “Aspects of Syntactic and Semantic Difficulties Facing a    Yoruba Learner of Arabic” in JARS Journal of Arabic and Religious Studies,     UnÌlorin, pp.11-23.
  41. Abubakre, R. D. (1984b), “The Future of Arabic Learning in Yorubaland”, in Ìlorin     Journal of Education, 4, UnÌlorin, pp.57-70.
  42. Abubakre, R. D. (1984c), “Islamic Nostrum for Tolerance in the Polity of a Multi-    Religious State: Nigerian Experience” in B. Mala and Z.I. Oseni, (eds).     Religions Peace and Unity Publication of the Nigerian Association for the     Study of Religions, pp.56-81.
  43. Abubakre, R. D. (1983-84), “The Learning of Arabic by Yoruba Speakers” in JOLAN     Journal of the Linguistic Association of Nigeria, vol. 2, pp.143-152.
  44. Abubakre, R. D. (1983a), “Yoruba Participation in Arabic Literacy Tradition: A     Tentative Account” in al-Fikr 4:1, pp.36-51.
  45. Abubakre, R. D. (1983b), “Aspects of the Diffusion of Arabic to Yoruba” in     NATAIS, 2:4, pp.5-15.
  46. Abubakre, R. D. (1983c), “Religion and the Quest for Peace: An Islamic Role” in     West African Religion, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 20/21, pp.88-106.
  47. Abubakre, R. D. (1982), “Aspects of Aesthetics and Figure in the Arabic Poetry of     Yoruba Authorship” in NATAIS Journal of Nigerian Association of Teachers     of Arabic and Islamic Studies, 2:3, pp.58-70.
  48. Abubakre, R. D. (1980), “The Impact of Kalilah wa dimnah on a Translation of     Yoruba Folktales into Arabic”, in Al-Fikr Journal of the Department of Arabic     and Islamic Studies, University Ibadan, 1, 1, pp.21-27.2.0    Other Publications
  49. Abubakre, R. D. (1987), “Of Islam and Folklore: The Interaction of two cultures in     the Yoruba Popular Music” in The College Review, 3:1 & 2, pp.13-29.
  50. Abubakre, R. D. (1986), “Arabic Prose by Yoruba Authors with particular reference     to the work of Sheikh Adam cAbdullah al-Iluri” in Oro Journal of Education     Studies, 2:1, pp.70-83.
  51. Abubakre, R. D. (1976), “The Concept of Jihad in Islam in al-ilm Knowledge, 6,     pp.33-37.3.0    Service Publications
  52. Abubakre, R. D. (1990), “Islamic Trade Patterns and Further Expansion of Islam into     Africa, South East Asia and China”, Iqra Trust, Commissioned and     Remunerated, 24 Culross Street, London W.Y. England.
  53. Abubakre, R. D. (1975), Proceeding of the Third International Seminar on Islam,     University of Ibadan, Ibadan.
  54. Abubakre, R. D. (1974a), as-Salat – Prayer in Muslim way with some notes on duca’,     (Oyewole Press, Ibadan).
  55. Abubakre, R. D. (1974b), as-Siyam – Fasting, (Oyewole Press, Ibadan).
  56. Abubakre, R. D. (2007) et al (eds.), Iwo Progressive Group (IPC), 1999-2007, .200p.