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Title:Legitimizing Political Behavior in Borno
Author:Brenner, Louis
Year:1974
Periodical:Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria
Volume:7
Issue:2
Period:June
Pages:199-209
Language:English
Geographic terms:Northern Nigeria
Nigeria
Subjects:history
Bornu polity
epics (form)
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
colonialism
Abstract:Borno society accepted a sliding scale of legitimate forma of government, from the most ideal theocracy based on prophetic revelation to acquisition of power by mere force. To legitimate authority Islamic religions concepts and arguments were employed. This paper examines certain Borno traditions and fables in order to show the complex role (religious standards were sometimes openly ignored) religion was seen by the Borno people to play in the legitimizing of political behaviour. Notes, tables.
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