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Title:The Zabarima Conquest of North-West Ghana. Part One
Author:Holden, J.J.
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Islamic history
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41403569
Abstract:1. In the early 1860s a small group of Muslim Zabarima horsemen came to Dagomba; by the late 1880s, they, and their kinsmen and others who had joined them, had conquered and were probably continuously controlling an area stretching from Ouagadougou to Wa; by the late 1890s their power had been broken by the British, French and Germans and their leaders exiled into obscurity at Yendi. The author of the present study attempts an introductory survey of the rise and fall of this Zabarima state. Its founders ('asalin Zabramawa') mostly came from an area south-east of Niamey and east of the Niger, where after 1860 Islam began to make rapid and peaceful progress. Two themes predominate in the history of the activities of the Zabarima in the north-west: militant Islam and a ready recourse to the gun. Notes.