Migration, Jihad, and Muslim Authority in West Africa

Migration, Jihad, and Muslim Authority in West Africa

The Futanke Colonies in Karta
Hanson, John H.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/22/1996
Format: Hardback 2 b&w photos, 7 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-33088-8
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The book is a readable, terse, theoretically developed treatment of an important episode in African history." —Journal of African History

It is original and authoritative, certainly the best book we have on the heritage of Umar’s conquests." —African History

... lucid analysis of a changing jihad society. This study enlarges understanding not only of the Umarian empire but also of the jihad movements generally." —Choice

John Hanson’s thoroughly researched study revises late-19th-century colonialist assumptions about a West African Muslim social movement. Using indigenous Arabic manuscripts, travel narratives, and oral materials, Hanson assesses the meaning of a series of revolts against Islamic authority.

Author Bio

JOHN H. HANSON is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is cotranslator and co-editor (with David Robinson) of After the Jihad: The Reign of Ahmad al-Kabir in the Western Sudan.

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Table of Contents

Note on Orthography

1. Umar’s Jihad and the First Crisis at Nioro
2. The Umarian Consolidation in Karta
3. Amadu Sheku and the Second Crisis at Nioro
4. French Expansion and the Third Crisis at Nioro
5. The End of the Umarian Era in Karta

Appendix: Cast of Principal Characters