One Woman's Jihad

One Woman's Jihad

Nana Asma'u, Scholar and Scribe
Beverly B. Mack and Jean Boyd
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/22/2000
Format: Paperback 3 b&w photos, 2 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21398-3
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... a most welcome addition to the body of scholarship on the Sokoto Jihad and Caliphate." —Religious Studies Review

The 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 Nigeria.

Author Bio

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 III.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

1. Nana Asma’u and the Scholarly Islamic Tradition
2. Qadiriyya Sufism: The Qur'an and the Sunna
3. The Caliphate Community
4. The Poetic Tradition
5. Sokoto as Medina: Imitating the Life of the Prophet and Re-enacting History
6. Caliphate Women’s Participation in the Community
Appendix: Poems by Nana Asma'u
Works Cited