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Title:Activities of Islamic Civic Associations in the Northwest of Nigeria: With Particular Reference to Kano State
Author:Gwarzo, Tahir Haliru
Periodical:Afrika Spectrum
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Muslim brotherhoods
Religion and Witchcraft
Politics and Government
Abstract:Islamic civic associations have been in the vanguard for the reclamation and reassertion of people's power in Northern Nigeria. The relationship between the State and Islamic associations is not unilinear; rather it is characterized by varying currents. Radical Islamic civic associations, for example, can connect and disconnect with the State without necessarily being compromised. Islamic civic associations lack the capacity to raise funds from within, thus they tend to rely on noninstitutionalized philanthropy and handouts from the State. These associations do not receive any substantial funding from international or bilateral aid of Arab countries, as is generally thought by outsiders. Islamic civic associations engage in advocacy work to promote legitimate interests of the Islamic world in Northern Nigeria. The range of activities spreads from promoting good governance or girl-child education to women empowerment. These civics in Kano State do not possess the capacity, skills and training for social or general administration. Nevertheless, even community policing has been promoted by associations like Hisbah through its instrumentality in the detection of crimes, and the rule of law has been greatly helped with its formation. However, critics of Hisbah equate it with extra-legal justice, and certainly it has the potential to degenerate into that if care is not taken. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English, German and French. [Journal abstract]