One Woman's Jihad

One Woman's Jihad : Nana Asma'u, Scholar and Scribe

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... a most welcome addition to the body of scholarship on the Sokoto Jihad and Caliphate." -Religious Studies ReviewThe fascinating life and times of Nana Asma'u (1793 - 1864), a West African woman who was a Muslim scholar and poet. As the daughter of the spiritual and political leader of the Sokoto community, Asma'u was a role model and teacher for other Muslim women as well as a scholar of Islam and a key advisor to her father as he waged a jihad to bring Islam to the population of what is now northwestern more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 15.24mm | 249.47g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 3 b&w photos, 2 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253213983
  • 9780253213983
  • 1,502,047

About Beverly B. Mack

Beverly B. Mack is Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas. She is co-editor (with Jean Boyd) of The Collected Works of Nana Asma'u, 1793-1864.Jean Boyd is former Principal Research Fellow of the Sokoto History Bureau and Research Associate of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She is the author of The Caliph's Sister and Sultan Siddiq Abubakar more

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"... this woman's intellectual contribution to a revolution, and her position at the heart of the military and organisational effort, deserves to be better known." -- Graham Furnissshow more

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents: PrefaceAcknowledgements1. Nana Asma'u and the Scholarly Islamic Tradition2. Qadiriyya Sufism: The Qur'an and the Sunna3. The Caliphate Community4. The Poetic Tradition5. Sokoto as Medina: Imitating the Life of the Prophet and Re-enacting History6. Caliphate Women's Participation in the CommunityAppendix: Poems by Nana Asma'uGlossaryNotesWorks CitedIndexshow more

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