Author: Jean Boyd, Beverly B. Mack
Publisher: Indiana University Press (May 2000)
Pages: 192 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
The daughter of the spiritual and political leader of the Sokoto community, Nana Asma'u (1793-1864) was a poet, teacher, and role model for Muslim women. She was a scholar of Islam and a key advisor to her father as he waged a liberating struggle to bring peace & Islam to the population of what is now northwestern Nigeria. Asma'u's literary legacy, consisting of 65 poems in Arabic, Fulfulde, and Hausa, constitutes one of the largest existing collections of 19th-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 Jihad provides 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's roles in times of social and political conflict will find this biography appealing and original.
" . . . a most welcome addition to the body of scholarship on the Sokoto Jihad and Caliphate." — Religious Studies Review
". . . this woman's intellectual contribution to a revolution, and her position at the heart of the military and organizational effort, deserves to be better known."
A historical, spiritual, and literary portrait of a remarkable 19th-century African Muslim woman.
Beverly B. Mack is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas. She is co-editor (with Catherine Coles) of Hausa Women in the Twentieth Century and co-author (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 author of The Caliph's Sisterand Sultan Siddiq Abubakar III.
Specs: 192 pages, 5 b&w photos, notes, index, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2