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Title:Muslim responses to British colonialism in Northern Nigeria as expressed in Fulfulde poems
Author:Bashir Abubakar, Mallam M.
Periodical:Islamic Africa (ISSN 2154-0993)
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Fulfulde language
External link:http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.5192/21540993040101
Abstract:The pioneer of Fulfulde poetry in written Arabic/ajami was Shehu Uthman bin Fodiye, who led a jihad in 1804 for the purification of Islam in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria, also known as Hausa Land. His contemporaries followed in his footsteps and the poetic tradition of resistance continues to the present day. This article examines three poems from the early 20th century that are concerned with Muslim responses to British colonial occupation in Northern Nigeria, expressed in the Fulfulde language. The texts of the poems are included in Fulfulde with English translations. The poems express that the myth of well-received and accepted colonial occupiers, propagated by the West, was in fact not true. They highlight the fierce battles, killings, and destructions of property that finally resulted in the imposition of colonial rule upon the people of Northern Nigeria, replacing the more moderate Sokoto Caliphate. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]