One woman's Jihad: Nana Asma'u, scholar and scribe

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Indiana University Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 198 pages
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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.

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A better subtitle for One Woman's Jihad would be Nana Asma'u: Scholar, Teacher, Poet, and Sufi. I really don't see where the title "scribe" applied to her life. The book tells nothing about that ... Read full review

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The story of Nana Asma'u is one of great virtue amidst the ongoing struggle of change in a diverse culture. During a time when West Africa was predominantly occupied by traditional Islamic powers she ... Read full review


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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.