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Title:Medical Missionaries and Modernizing Emirs in Colonial Hausaland: Leprosy Control and Native Authority in the 1930s
Author:Shankar, ShobanaISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:48
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:45-68
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Subjects:political change
indirect rule
missions
Islam
health policy
leprosy
colonialism
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
Religion and Witchcraft
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=484D900AFF0693BC6A62
Abstract:This article argues that emirs modernized and enhanced their authority through cooperation with Christian missions in the anti-leprosy campaign in colonial Hausaland in the 1930s. New documentary and oral sources detail how native administrations and Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) workers together established leprosaria that were important beyond religious interaction. Emirs translated Islamic ideals of charity into governmental responsibility for medical welfare. The leprosy scheme brought together the elite and non-elite in ways that would previously have been unimaginable and took emirs' power to new reaches in an era of expanding native authority in Nigeria and throughout much of British Africa. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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