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242 LauIma~e ofon~inal: Source oftext: Introduction: Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u Hausa A Warning, II Wa'azu 1856/1857 - 1273 Waziri Junaidu Work 39 This is an exhoratation to repent, give alms, and pray. Written in the simplest language, this poem goes back to the fundamental principle in Islam, "speak to the people according to their understanding", a saying ascribed to the Prophet. It is intended for Asma'u's women students, with the still radical message ofwomen's obligation to seek religious knowledge, as well as their right to free movement in public with good purpose: In Islam it is a religious duty to seek knowledge Women may leave their homes freely for this. (v. 21) This sentiment echoes the concerns that the Shehu had expressed in his early untitled Fulfulde poem: "some men neither educate their wives nor allow them to go to a teacher, male or female, for instruction" (v.31).s76 The importance ofthis is two-fold: 1) men must allow their wives to go out of the home, since not all had servants to do errands for them, and 2) men must support their wives by cooperating and giving them aid. Thus, in this work the main message is directed as much at men as at women, and aims to set people on the right path with regard to women's socioreligious roles. Asma'u's educational network was well established by 1858 when the poem was written and may have been compiled to overcome the reluctance of some men to let their womenfolk participate. The women would have learned these songs by heart and have sung them in the full hearing of their husbands, and in small villages the sounds would have drifted into adjoining compounds. "'The poem is unpublished and is in the Archives at SOAS, PP MS 36 53/2. It begins, "Miyetti chiniydu" (F.), ("Thanks be to God"). 242 Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u A Warning, II Wa'azu 1856/1857 - 1273 Work 39 Hausa Waziri Junaidu Language of original: Source oftext: Introduction: This is an exhoratation to repent, give alms, and pray. Written in the simplest language, this poem goes back to the fundamental principle in Islam, "speak to the people according to their understanding", a saying ascribed to the Prophet. It is intended for Asma'u's women students, with the still radical message of women's obligation to seek religious knowledge, as well as their right to free movement in public with good purpose: In Islam it is a religious duty to seek knowledge Women may leave their homes freely for this. (v. 21) This sentiment echoes the concerns that the Shehu had expressed in his early untitled Fulfulde poem: "some men neither educate their wives nor allow them to go to a teacher, male or female, for instruction" (v.31)."6 The importance of this is two-fold: I) men must allow their wives to go out of the home, since not all had servants to do errands for them, and 2) men must support their wives by cooperating and giving them aid. Thus, in this work the main message is directed as much at men as at women, and aims to set people on the right path with regard to women's socioreligious roles. Asma'u's educational network was well established by 1858 when the poem was written and may have been compiled to overcome the reluctance of some men to let their womenfolk participate. The women would have learned these songs by heart and have sung them in the full hearing of their husbands, and in small villages the sounds would have drifted into adjoining compounds. "'The poem is unpublished and is in the Archives at SOAS, PP MS 36 53/2. It begins, "Mlyettl chiniydu" (F.), ("Thanks be to God"). 242 Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u A Warning, II Wa'azu 1856/1857 - 1273 Work 39 Hausa Waziri Junaidu Language of original: Source oftext: Introduction: This is an exhoratation to repent, give alms, and pray. Written in the simplest language, this poem goes back to the fundamental principle in Islam, "speak to the people according to their understanding", a saying ascribed to the Prophet. It is intended for Asma'u's women students, with the still radical message of women's obligation to seek religious knowledge, as well as their right to free movement in public with good purpose: In Islam it is a religious...

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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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