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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This book is a lively 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 convert the population of what is now present day northwestern Nigeria to Islam. Asma'u's literary legacy, consisting of 65 poems in Arabic, Fulfulde, and Hausa, constitutes one of the largest existing collections of nineteenth-century materials from the region. Her poetry has been transmitted – even forged – over the years and is familiar to Hausa Muslims today, attesting to the power and continued relevance of her convictions and achievements.One Woman's Jihadprovides a fascinating glimpse into the West African Muslim community at a pivotal point in its history. A generous selection of Asma'u's poetry, translated by Beverly B. Mack and Jean Boyd, highlights her prominent roles and amplifies her unique voice. Readers interested in history, literature, religion, and women roles in times of social and political conflict will find this biography appealing and original.
 

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Contents

Nana Asmau and the Scholarly Islamic Tradition
xxiii
Qadiriyya Sufism The Quran and the Sunna
15
The Caliphate Community
30
The Poetic Tradition
46
Sokoto as Medina Imitating the Life of the Prophet and Reenacting History
63
Caliphate Womens Participation in the Community
76
Elegy for Bello
94
Bellos Character
97
So Verily
132
In Praise of Ahmada
133
Yearning for the Prophet
137
The Journey
157
A Warning II
166
Lamentation for Aisha I
168
Lamentation for Aisha II
170
Glossary of Terms
173

The Quran
100
Medicine of the Prophet
102
Be Sure of Gods Truth
120
Sufi Women
127
Notes
181
Works Cited
189
Index
193
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Page xix - Throughout the text, foreign words are always italicized. Their origin is given only the first time they appear, and only when they are not Hausa terms. The glossary is a listing of Hausa and other foreign terms. The origin of certain terms is given when the word (usually Arabic) does not appear in the Hausa lexicon. Otherwise it is treated as a Hausa term.

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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.

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