Brief History

Arabic Medium course was an integral part of the modern educational system of the defunct Northern Nigeria. Most of the students of this course are derived from the traditional Qur’anic schools that were not formally certificated to pursue a four-year Higher Islamic Studies (H.I.S.) course leading to the acquisition of an O-level certificate which is equivalent to Grade II certificate. The graduates of H.I.S are considered as qualified teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Government and Jama’atah al-Nasr al-Islam (J.N.I.) Schools.

          With the establishment of Advanced Teachers’ College, now Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto in 1970, the need to introduce a combined course in Arabic and Islamic Studies was felt. This was to open an avenue for graduates of the H. I. S. to further their education. Hence the course was introduced into the College’s curriculum in 1979. Students for the course were enrolled together with the English medium. They studied Education and Islamic Studies in Arabic under the Department of Islamic Studies. This continued until the 1987/88 session when the College Management established an independent Department for Arabic Medium students. Over its almost two decades of existence, the department has nearly 1000 students.


          Understanding Islam and Islamic Studies in Arabic Language is very important. It is thus imperative to involve those that understand Arabic in the dissemination of the pristine teachings of Islam and at the same time expose them to modern approaches.


          The objectives of NCE Arabic Medium are not different from those of Islamic Studies stated below. However, the following can be added to them:-

  1. To enhance the knowledge of Arabic Language and Islamic Studies.
  2. To offer avenue for the products of H. I. S. to further their educational pursuit.
  3. To produce teachers for the Colleges of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Institutions of Islamic legal Studies.
  4. To enable candidates acquire degrees in Arabic or Islamic Studies.
  5. To produce students who can read and interprete Islamic sciences from the original sources of Islam.

Courses offered in the Department

          The courses offered in the Department are the same with those of Islamic Studies and Education. The main difference is that all the courses including those of Education are taught in Arabic Language. Only General Studies courses are taught in English. Students should refer to the courses in Education and Islamic studies as shown in the departments

Members of Academic Staff in the Department

S/No. Name Qualification Rank
1Dr. Abubakar Umar Maihankali Dip., BA, MA, PhD C/Lecturer
2Ibrahim Umar Dip., BA, MA, PDE P/Lecturer
3Abubakar Muhammad Boyi NCE, BA, MA S/LecturerI
4Abubakar Ruwa NCE, BA, MA S/Lecturer
5Umar Muhammad Sanyinna NCE, BA Lecturer II
6 Aminu Umar Dip., BA, MA S/Lecturer
7Dr. Saminu Yakubu NCE, BA, MA, PhD S/ Lecturer
8Dr. Umar Altine Ali NCE, BA, MA, PhD S/Lecturer
9 Kasimu Isa BA, MA Lecturer I
10Abdulkadr Muhammad BA, DiP Lecturer II
11Lauwali M. Milgoma NCE, BA, MA Lecturer I
12 Murtala Hanafi BA, MA, PDE Lecturer I
13   Halilu Ibrahim BA, mA, DiP Lecturer II
14   Maryam A. Muhammad BA, MA Lecturer I
15   Ilyasu M. Gummi BA, DiP Lecturer I
16   Musa Sahabi BA, MA, DiP Lecturer I
17   Atiku Bello A. LLB, PDE Lecturer II
18   Bashir A. Muhd LLB, PDE Lecturer II
19   Muh’d Ali Umar BA Lecturer II
20   Hafsat Aliyu G BA, MA, PDE Lecturer II
21   Muh’d Umar H. NCE, BA Lecturer II
22   Umar Muh’d D. NCE, BA Lecturer II
23   Akilu Aliyu NCE, BA A/Lecturer
24   Bello Abubakar Marina DiP, BA, MA Lecturer II
25   Abubakar Bello DiP, BA A/Lecturer
26   Abdullah M. Bado NCE, BA, MA Lecturer II
27   Dr. Muhammad Abdullah BA, MA, PhD, GDE S/Lecturer
28   Abdurahman Shehu BA L II
29   Abdullahi Lawal B. BA L II
30   Mahmud Muh’d BA, MA LII
31   Muh’d Salisu Umar BA, MA L 1
32   Umar Sahabi D/Mahe BA A/L
33   Zakariya’u Umar Yabo BA A/L
34   Nasiru Usman BA, MA L I