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One Woman's Jihad: Nana Asma'u, Scholar and Scribe By Beverly Mack Jean Boyd,

  • Title: One Woman's Jihad: Nana Asma'u, Scholar and Scribe
  • Author: Beverly Mack Jean Boyd
  • ISBN: 9780253213983
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • a most welcome addition to the body of scholarship on the Sokoto Jihad and Caliphate Religious Studies ReviewThe 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 a most welcome addition to the body of scholarship on the Sokoto Jihad and Caliphate Religious Studies ReviewThe 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.
    One Woman s Jihad Nana Asma u Scholar and Scribe a most welcome addition to the body of scholarship on the Sokoto Jihad and Caliphate Religious Studies ReviewThe fascinating life and times of Nana Asma u a West African woman who was a Mu

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    1. A better subtitle for One Woman s Jihad would be Nana Asma u Scholar, Teacher, Poet, and Sufi I really don t see where the title scribe applied to her life The book tells nothing about that occupation What it does tell is a generalized story about Nana Asma u, daughter of Shehu Usman dan Fodiyo who was the spiritual and political leader of the Sokoto Sufi community He waged a jihad in northwestern Nigeria in the early 1800s to both spread Islam and purify corrupted religious practices Nana is ju [...]

    2. The story of Nana Asma u is one of great virtue amidst the ongoing struggle of change in a diverse culture During a time when West Africa was predominantly occupied by traditional Islamic powers she redefined the roles in which women fit into society Doing this she launched a movement that would refine how people interpret the function of women in the academic world Nana Asma u paved the way for post modern, West African women and served as a testament to the value of dedication After reading On [...]

    3. Interesting ish Not very critically presented, bascially just a glowing review of a historical figure s life Interesting though to read about a female Muslim leader in the 19th century Also interesting if you want to learn about the history of Islam in Nigeria.

    4. Nana Asma u was a 19th century poet, teacher, and spiritual community leader in the Sokoto Caliphate of present day Nigeria Through her poetry and community work she helped to educate women and also promote Islamic values within the new Muslim community established by her father She wrote her work in language that was accessible to the masses and elevates the women in her community, praising them for acts of kindness, hard work, scholarship, and good neighborliness Her life is a very important c [...]

    5. On the one hand, this is an accessible biography of a 19th century Nigerian Muslim woman who was clearly neither subjugated nor oppressed Nana Asma u was a multilingual scholar who was heavily involved in state building, a poet who established a network of female teachers throughout the Sokoto caliphate On the other hand, One Woman s Jihad is very text centred I would have loved to have seen documentation contextualisation for Asma u that wasn t derived from her poetry and tends towards the hagi [...]

    6. We owe Beverly Mack and Jean Boyd a debt for bringing the life of this extraordinary woman back to light I was really hoping, however, to get a real sense of what her life and the lives of educated women in general, were like in this time and place That,unfortunately, is missing here We get a good chronology and some interesting insights into religious life and the experience of men, but little that would truly bring us into Nana Asma u s world and experience.

    7. It is a somewhat difficult read The first half of the book sets the context for the heavily religious poems of the second half An explanation of Sufism in Islam and of women s place therein is the main thrust of the first part However, the first part is also a short history of the time period in which she lived and of the caliphate her father established in what is now northern Nigeria.

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