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34 Language oforigjnal: Source oftext: Introduction: Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u Fulfulde Elegy for Abdullahi Sonnore Abdullahi 1829/1838-1245 Waziri Junaidu Work 4 This work is an expression of grieffor the death ofAbdullahi d'an Fodiyo, Asma'u's uncle, whose soubriquet was "the tall Arabist" due to his perfect fluency in the language. Abdullahi was born at Marnona in 1776 to Muhammad Fodiyo and Hauwa of Marnona. He died in 1829. He travelled with his elder brother, the Shehu, on preaching tours to Gobir, Zamfara, and Kebbi, and was a close disciple. For many years he was the Shehu's private secretary and took dictation from the Shehu so that many of the Shehu's books were first written down in Chief Minister (Waziri) Abdullahi's own hand. During the early Jihad wars, 1804-7, he led numerous campaigns. In 1807, disenchanted by the lack of idealism of some ofthose who joined the Jihad, Abdullahi set off for Mecca but was persuaded to stay in Kano where he wrote his book, A Guide for RulerS ~ al-hukkiim). Mter laying the foundation stone of the Friday mosque in Kano to the north of the Emir's palace he returned home, rather than continue on to Mecca. When Gobir was overpowered, the Shehu, for the sake of convenience, divided his administration into two. He gave the western portion to Abdullahi and the eastern portion to Muhammad Bello, feeling that it was no longer necessary for all decisions in government to be referred to him. Abdullahi made his headquarters at Gwandu, Bello at Sokoto. On the death of the Shehu, Bello was appointed Commander of the Faithful (Amir al-mu'minin). This may have disappointed Abdullahi, (Last 1967: 64-65) but reconciliation took place. Abdullahi formally ceased to be the Waziri ofthe Caliph Muhammad Bello which position was then taken by Gid'ad'o, Asma'u's husband. As a symbolic gesture Abdullahi took his full length cloak and placed it round Gid'ad'o shoulders. From that time a custom grew up whereby when the Emir of Gwandu, Abdullahi's descendant, stays in the house ofthe Waziri of Sokoto (Gid'ad'o's descendant) he presents him with the robes in which he arrived. The Emir of Gwandu is also privileged in the relationship he has with the Sultan of Sokoto, 34 Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Anna 'u Elegy for Abdullahi Sonnore Abdullahi 1829/1838-1245 Work 4 Fulfulde Waziri Junaidu Lan~age of origjnal: Source oftext: Introduction: This work is an expression of grieffor the death ofAbdullahi cfan Fodiyo, Asma'u's uncle, whose soubriquet was "the tall Arabist" due to his perfect fluency in the language. Abdullahi was born at Marnona in 1776 to Muhammad Fodiyo and Hauwa of Mamona. He died in 1829. He travelled with his elder brother, the Shehu, on preaching tours to Gobir, Zamfara, and Kebbi, and was a close disciple. For many years he was the Shehu's private secretary and took dictation from the Shehu so that many of the Shehu's books were first written down in Chief Minister (Waziri) Abdullahi's own hand. During the early Jihad wars, 1804-7, he led numerous campaigns. In 1807, disenchanted by the lack of idealism of some of those who joined the Jihad, Abdullahi set off for Mecca but was persuaded to stay in Kano where he wrote his book, A Guide for Rulers (Diyii' al-hukkiim). After laying the foundation stone of the Friday mosque in Kano to the north of the Emir's palace he returned horne, rather than continue on to Mecca. When Gobir was overpowered, the Shehu, for the sake of convenience, divided his administration into two. He gave the western portion to Abdullahi and the eastern portion to Muhammad Bello, feeling that it was no longer necessary for all decisions in govemment to be referred to him. Abdullahi made his headquarters at Gwandu, Bello at Sokoto. On the death of the Shehu, Bello was appointed Commander of the Faithful (Amfr al-mu'minfn). This may have disappointed Abdullahi, (Last 1967: 64-65) but reconciliation took place. Abdullahi formally ceased to be the Waziri of the Caliph Muhammad Bello which position was then taken by Gicfacfo, Asma'u's husband. As a symbolic gesture Abdullahi took his full length cloak and placed it round Gicfacfo shoulders. From that time a custom grew up whereby when the Emir of Gwandu, Abdullahi's descendant, stays in the house...

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9781609170653
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9780870134753
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OCLC
605316199
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2012-12-20
Language
English
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