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The Caliph's Sister: Nana Asma'u, 1793-1865, Teacher, Poet and Islamic…

by Jean Boyd

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'A new light is shed on African women of the Sahel in 'The Caliph's Sister' which is about a brilliantly intelligent 19th century woman-jihadist whose legacy of verse contains political and social commentary. This book, delighfully illustrated with 65 line drawings and 5 maps, shows how the sister of Caliph Muhammad Bello successfully used her position to promote the education of women and to sustain the momentum of the Islamic Revivalist Movement initiated by her father, Shehu Usman Dan Fodio, in the region which closely corresponds with present-day Nigeria,' according to the back cover text. Apparently originally published in 1989 by Routledge, this particular paperback English edition was printed in Chippenham, Wiltshire in 1995, and published by Frank Cass and Co. Ltd..

It has a drawing of Asma'u G. Sa'eed (the 'Caliph's Sister' of the title) in sepia coloured ink on its light yellow paperback cover by Eve
Robson from a photograph by Dick Boyd.

I believe that I bought this paperback in the University of San Francisco (USF) bookstore while I was studying there in the 'nineties.

In those days I noticed that Muslim students were congregating regularly for prayer in a meeting room in the basement of the Saint Ignatius Basilica on the USF campus, and wanted to learn more about their Islamic history and culture.

This was one of the few books available in the USF bookstore pertaining to Islamic history. It may have also been required reading for one of my history courses pertaining to the migrations of peoples.

It still carries a price tag affixed to the back cover for $18.00!
  GoyodelaRosa | Jan 9, 2008 |
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