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Title:Status femminile e consuetudine islamica: l'istituzione della 'kulle' nella Nigeria settentrionale
Author:DŁking, BirteISNI
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Abstract:This article discusses the social status of Hausa women and the institution of 'kulle' (seclusion) in Northern Nigeria. The social position of Hausa women is determined by the interplay between Islamic precepts and indigenous Hausa culture, which predates Islam. The extent of physical seclusion of women has been increasing rather than decreasing in recent years due to the transformation of Islam from popular Sufism to a more orthodox form. The article underlines the paradoxical nature of 'kulle', arguing that the strict physical separation of men and women in Hausa society suggests a sharp polarization of social and cultural characteristics. However, women do not define themselves only in relation to men, but also in relation to each other. They have their own social networks, and decisionmaking in daily life and within the domestic compound rests basically in the hands of women. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French, text in Italian.