Friday, January 12, 2007

usman dan fodio and the sokoto caliphate

By the late eighteenth century in Nigeria, many Muslim scholars and teachers had become disenchanted with the insecurity that characterized the Hausa states and Borno. Some clerics (mallams) continued to reside at the courts of the Hausa states and Borno, but others, who joined the Qadiriyah brotherhood, began to think about a revolution that would overthrow existing authorities. Prominent among these radical mallams was Usman dan Fodio, who with his brother and son, attracted a following among the clerical class. (for more of this history see Usman dan Fodio and the Sokoto Caliphate)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I borrowed this amazing book from a friend's library that traces the personal, spiritual, and political development of Usman Dan Fodio AND his movement/ details the various stages in the building of the community, creating a cadre, and activation of the community into a movement...