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190 Language oforiginal: Source oftext: Introduction Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u Caliph Aliyu's Victory, I Te-Medde Jewe~o Fu-nbara 1844-1260 Fulfulde Waziri Junaidu Work 25 This work is about the victory of Caliph Aliyu over his Gobir and Kebbi enemies at a place called Tozai (13° IS' N, (J' 25' E). Tozai, north of Zunni on map 3, is in the middle of a fertile north-south corridor down which the Gobir people used to swoop to attack villages, raid grain stores, round up animals and carry away young women. The poem is a reaffmnation of the Muslim cause. Lack of piety and religiousness leads to failure, or, as Asma'u puts it: "The Kebbi forces were defeated ... because their priority was love ofworldliness." (v.10). Most importantly the poem is a contribution to the corporate identity of the Caliphate based upon the sainthood of the Shehu and Muhanunad Bello (v.21): "Anyone who leaves the Community of the Shehu has left the Sunna and is doomedlMay God aid those who take part in the Jihad of the Shehu" (vv.l2 &21). It is significant that this work, written long after the Shehu's death, seeks to establish through its language a sense of his presence, using the Shehu as a metonym, a symbol for all the Caliphate. Related texts: None, but see note below. Significant features: This work may be compared in tone with its Hausa version, "Caliph Aliyu's Victory, II" (Work 26). The subtle differences between them seek to alert different audiences at their openings4'" The importance of these works lies not so much in their literary quality as in their ""The Fulfulde version is more reserved, reflecting a sense ofsuperiority ("...has helped us to overcome the enemy...Dan Mari has been taught a lesson" vv. 1-3), in contrast to the immediacy of the message in the Hausa version (u...we were victorious...Dan Marl fled"). Also, Dan Marl and MayalCi are mocked in the Hausa version, while they arejust described in the Fulfulde one. 190 Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u Caliph Aliyu's Victory, I Te-A1edde Jewe~o Fu-nbara 1844 - 1260 Work 25 Fulfulde Waziri Junaidu Lanwal:e oforil:inal: Source oftext: Introduction This work is about the victory of Caliph Aliyu over his Gobir and Kebbi enemies at a place called Tozai (13° IS' N, e' 25' E). Tozai, north of Zurmi on map 3, is in the middle of a fertile north-south corridor down which the Gobir people used to swoop to attack villages, raid grain stores, round up animals and carry away young women. The poem is a reaffirmation of the Muslim cause. Lack of piety and religiousness leads to failure, or, as Asma'u puts it: "The Kebbi forces were defeated ... because their priority was love ofworldliness." (v. 10). Most importantly the poem is a contribution to the corporate identity of the Caliphate based upon the sainthood of the Shehu and Muhammad Bello (v.21): "Anyone who leaves the Community of the Shehu has left the Sunna and is doomedlMay God aid those who take part in the Jihad of the Shehu" (vv. 12 &21). It is significant that this work, written long after the Shehu's death, seeks to establish through its language a sense of his presence, using the Shehu as a metonym, a symbol for all the Caliphate. Related texts: None, but see note below. Significant features: This work may be compared in tone with its Hausa version, "Caliph Aliyu's Victory, II" (Work 26). The subtle differences between them seek to alert different audiences at their openings,"9 The importance of these works lies not so much in their literary quality as in their ~~e Fulfuldc version is more reserved, reflecting a sense ofsuperiority ("...has helped us to overcome the enemy Dan Mari has been taught a lesson" vv. 1·3), in contrast to the immediacy of the message in 1he Rausa version (" we were victorious...Dan Mari fled"). Also, Dan Marl and MayaRi are mocked in the Hausa version, while they are just described in the Fulfulde one. 190 Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u Caliph Aliyu's Victory, I Te-A1edde Jewe~o Fu-nbara 1844 - 1260 Work 25 Fulfulde Waziri Junaidu Lanwal:e oforil:inal: Source oftext: Introduction This work is about the victory of Caliph Aliyu over his Gobir and Kebbi enemies at a place called Tozai (13° IS' N, e' 25' E...

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ISBN
9781609170653
Related ISBN
9780870134753
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OCLC
605316199
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-20
Language
English
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