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Title:Nigeria's Colonial Government and the Islamic Insurgency in French West Africa, 1914-1918
Author:Osuntokun, Akinjide
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Geographic terms:Nigeria
French-speaking Africa
West Africa
Subjects:World War I
History and Exploration
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://doi.org/10.3406/cea.1975.2611
Abstract:The entry of the Ottoman Empire into the First World War on the side of the Central powers immediately called into question the loyalty of Muslim subjects of the Allied powers. In West Africa much of the military resistance against the Allies took place in French territory: French colonial policy of overcentralisation of administration and political power created opposition. The attitude of the French towards the Muslim sheikh in the Sudan and the Sahara was not one to create loyalty. As the Muslim leaders from Darfur to Senegal and from Yola to Agades were often united by marital and other ties, the unstable situation in the French territories caused anxiety amongst the British authorities in Nigeria. A revolt in any part of the West African savannah and Saharan belt had to be contained either single-handedly by the French, or jointly by the two Allied powers. The rebellion in 1916 of the Touareg Oulliminden, at the same time as the senusi campaign in the Agades region, led to French and British military cooperation. Notes. French summary.