One Woman's Jihad

Nana Asma'u, Scholar and Scribe

by Beverly B. Mack and Jean Boyd

Published by: Indiana University Press

224 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in, 3 b&w photos, 2 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index

  • Paperback
  • 9780253213983
  • Published: November -0001


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" . . . a most welcome addition to the body of scholarship on the Sokoto Jihad and Caliphate." —Religious Studies Review

The fascinating life and times of Nana Asma'u (1793 - 1864), a West African woman who was a Muslim scholar and poet. As the daughter of the spiritual and political leader of the Sokoto community, Asma'u was a role model and teacher for other Muslim women as well as a scholar of Islam and a key advisor to her father as he waged a jihad to bring Islam to the population of what is now northwestern Nigeria.