Islam And Colonialism: Intellectual Responses of Muslims of Northern Nigeria to British Colonial Rule

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BRILL, 2006 - History - 295 pages
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This volume analyzes discourses on British colonialism constructed by Muslims of northern Nigeria c. 1903-1945. It departs from the conventional wisdom on British colonial policy of indirect rule and its "benign" consequences. Conceptualizing colonialism not simply as a unilateral imposition but as a dynamic encounter between colonizer and colonized, the book shifts the focus away from the overwhelming impact of the former and devastating consequences on the later, thereby revealing indeterminate outcomes and unintended consequences of "both" the "actions" of the colonizer and the" reactions" of the colonized. The volume analyzes legal treatises, poems, and novels, connecting authors to their intellectual backgrounds, relations to colonial regime and intended audiences, leading to better understanding of the ideas that informed Muslims' intellectual and practical responses to colonialism.

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I had access to p.46-103 on the Internet, and I have to say that it is an excellent piece of work. Simply excellent. Olufemi Oluniyi


The Challenges of British Colonialism
Responses to the Challenges of British
Emirs Responses to the Political Challenges of Colonialism
Ulama Responses to Normative and Legal Challenges of Colonialism
Western Educated Muslim Elites Responses to the Ideological Challenges of Colonialism

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Page ix - Studies of the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation.

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Muhammad S. Umar, Ph.D. (1997) Religion, Northwestern University is Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He has published extensively on Islam in Nigeria and West Africa in the leading journals of African Studies, Islamic Studies, and Comparative Religion.

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