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Author Naylor, Paul, author

Title From rebels to rulers : writing legitimacy in the early Sokoto state / Paul Naylor
Published Suffolk : James Currey, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (xxii, 199 pages) : maps
Series Religion in transforming Africa ; 6
Religion in transforming Africa ; 6.
Contents Front cover -- Table of contents -- List of illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- List of abbreviations -- Note on language -- Glossary -- Introduction -- 1. Sources of legitimacy in the nineteenth-century Sahel -- 2. Discourses of dissent and moderation -- 3. 'Lesser of two evils': the succession of Muhammad Bello -- 4. 'God has subjugated this land for me': Bello's rule of Sokoto 1821-1837 -- Conclusion -- Appendix: Sokoto chronology -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Sokoto was the largest and longest lasting of West Africa's nineteenth-century Muslim empires. Its intellectual and political elite left behind a vast written record, including over 300 Arabic texts authored by the jihad's leaders: Usman dan Fodio, his brother Abdullahi and his son, Muhammad Bello (known collectively as the Fodiawa). Sokoto's early years are one of the most documented periods of pre-colonial African history, yet current narratives pay little attention to the formative role these texts played in the creation of Sokoto, and the complex scholarly world from which they originated. Far from being unified around a single concept of Muslim statecraft, this book demonstrates how divided the Fodiawa were about what Sokoto could and should be, and the various discursive strategies they used to enrol local societies into their vision. Based on a close analysis of the sources (some appearing in English translation for the first time) and an effort to date their intellectual production, the book restores agency to Sokoto's leaders as individuals with different goals, characters and methods. More generally, it shows how revolutionary religious movements gain legitimacy, and how the kind of legitimacy they claim changes as they move from rebels to rulers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English text, partially translated from the Arabic
Print version record
Subject Usuman dan Fodio, 1754-1817 -- Sources
ʻAbd Allāh ibn Muḥammad, Emir of Gwandu, approximately 1767-1829 -- Sources
Bello, Muḥammad, Sultan of Sokoto, 1781-1837 -- Sources
SUBJECT ʻAbd Allāh ibn Muḥammad, Emir of Gwandu, approximately 1767-1829 fast
Bello, Muḥammad, Sultan of Sokoto, 1781-1837 fast
Usuman dan Fodio, 1754-1817 fast
Subject Islamic leadership -- Nigeria -- Sokoto State -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
HISTORY / Africa / West.
Islamic leadership
SUBJECT Sokoto State (Nigeria) -- History -- Sources
Subject Nigeria -- Sokoto State
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781800102347