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The Journal of Human Development and Education for Specialized Research is an academic journal issued by the Scientific Institute for Advanced Training and Studies. The aim of this journal is to disseminate serious studies based on theoretical and field research, and to promote multidisciplinary studies in human development, management and education for specialized research and become a leading journal in human development and education in the world. The Journal also aims at publishing theoretical and applied researches in the fields of human development and education for specialized research such as human resources management, business administration, communication sciences, development studies, economic sciences, education sciences, history, industrial relations, media sciences, psychology, Public administration, religious studies and others.
This paper explores the viability of Arabic as an efficacious tool for the acquisition of western oriented knowledge. This is done by investigating into the learning backgrounds of selected University teachers of Arabic in Yorubaland. The study, using both analytical and descriptive methods, samples works of seven personalities. It is discovered that majority of the scholars under the study had no opportunity to attend pre-university schools but had to sacrifice their little time unconventionally to measure up with their peers with basic western education whose medium of instruction is English. Following their academic attainment, they contributed not only to dacwah, for which they trained hitherto, but also propagation of Yoruba culture through translation and publications. The paper concludes that their seamless intellectual migration is levered by their previous knowledge of the language of Quran.
Keywords:Self-efficacy, Western Knowledge, Arabic Teachers Universities, Yoruba, Nigeria