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Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u in English LanIWage oforiginal: Source oftext: Introduction Islam, Sokoto, and Wurno Jo-nde Wurno 184911850 - 1266 Fulfulde Waziri lunaidu 203 Work 30 The Shehu foretold the building of Wurno, the place which Bello made his principal frontier fortress (ribii!, AI.) to protect Sokoto from the incursions of Gobir guerrillas, and Bello himself told Asma'u how life should be lived in a ribii[. This poem was intended as a rebuke to the men living in Wurno who, in the words of Asma'u's nephew, had "no enthusiasm" for living in a frontier fortress: "They preferred to tend their irrigated farms, trade in the market, herd cattle and work at their crafts, they neglected the affairs ofthe Jihad and refused to join the army when called" (Umar b. Buhari, Tanbih al-ikhwan.). Prior to the time when the poem was written, incursions had been made by the Caliphate's perpetual opponents in the north (Gobir) and south (Kebbi). In addition there had been a serious rebellion in a distant province, Hadeja, against which Asma'u's sons Abdulkadir and Ahmad had each led expeditions. With this poem the listener was left in no doubt about Asma'u's rectitude and authority. She said: 1) the Shehu had "seen" Wurno before it was ever built, and its purpose was to give lighttothe Sudan (i.e. the region) (vv. 5-12); and 2) Bello told her that it was no good living at Wurno to get rich - the purpose of living there was to defend the Caliphate (v. 14). The concept ofthe "pure city" is connected with the two cities Madinat-un-Nabi (the City of the Prophet) and Mecca, (cf Qur'an 90, "I do call to witness this city") during the Prophet's time. Asma'u's work "Islam, Sokoto, and Wurno" may contain implications that such a concept was meant to be applied in the establishment of Wurno and Sokoto, during the time of the jihad. The parallels are inexact for several reasons - the Prophet was born in Mecca, and then went from Mecca to Madina on his hijra, while the Shehu was born at Maratta (not positively identified), Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u in English Islam, Sokoto, and Wurno Jo-nde Wurno ]849/] 850 - ]266 Work 30 203 Language oforiginal: Fulfulde Source oftexl: Waziri Junaidu Introduction The Shehu foretold the building of Wumo, the place which Bello made his principal frontier fOliress (riba!, Ar.) to protect Sokoto from the incursions of Gobir guerrillas, and Bello himself told Asma'u how life should be Jived in a ribar. This poem was intended as a rebuke to the men living in Wumo who, in the words of Asma'u's nephew, had "no enthusiasm" for living in a frontier fortress: "They preferred to tend their inigated farms, trade in the market, herd cattle and work at their crafts, they neglected the affairs of the Jihad and refused to join the army when called" (Umar b. Buhari, Tqnbfh ql-ikhwijn). Prior to the time when the poem was written, incursions had been made by the Caliphate's perpetual opponents in the north (Gobir) and south (Kebbi). In addition there had been a serious rebellion in a distant province, Hadeja, against which Asma'u's sons Abdulkadir and Ahmad had each Jed expeditions. With this poem the listener was left in no doubt about Asma'u's rectitude and authority. She said: ]) the Shehu had "seen" Wumo before it was ever built, and its purpose was to give light to the Sudan (i.e. the region) (vv. 5-12); and 2) Bello told her that it was no good living at Wumo to get rich - the purpose of living there was to defend the Caliphate (v. ]4). The concept of the "pure city" is connected with the two cities Madinat-un-Nabi (the City of the Prophet) and Mecca, (cf. Qur'an 90, "I do call to witness this city") during the Prophet's time. Asma'u's work "Islam, Sokoto, and Wumo" may contain implications that such a concept was meant to be applied in the establishment of Wumo and Sokoto, during the time of the jihad. The parallels are inexact for several reasons - the Prophet was born in Mecca, and then went from Mecca to Madina on his hijra, while the Shehu was born at Maratta (not positively identified), Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u in English Islam, Sokoto, and...

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