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Title:Entrepreneurs at Home: Secluded Muslim Women and Hidden Economic Activities in Northern Nigeria
Author:Zakaria, Yakubu
Year:2001
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies
Volume:10
Issue:1
Pages:107-123
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islam
Hausa
informal sector
women's work
Women's Issues
Economics and Trade
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Labor and Employment
economics
Cultural Roles
gender
Link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol10num1/yakubu.pdf
Abstract:This paper provides an outline of the economic activities of secluded Muslim women in northern Nigeria. Muslim Hausa women in Nigeria, through hidden economic activities in their households, can bypass the open market and contribute siginificantly to economic progress. Islam does not inhibit their economic acitivities. The non-Muslim ethnic minority and maguzawa women who are not secluded are not economically better off than their female counterparts. However, there are differences between Muslim and non-Muslim women. Strictly secluded women are hardly found in factories. They contribute to the economy by involving themselves in the hidden informal economic sector. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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