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A Geography of Jihad. Sokoto Jihadism and the Islamic Frontier in West Africa

Book presentation by Stephanie Zehnle (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel)

"A Geography of Jihad" (ZMO-Studien 37) addresses the Jihad movement that created the largest African state of the 19th century: the Sokoto Caliphate, existing for 99 years from 1804 until its military defeat by European colonial troops in 1903. Zehnle carves out the entanglements of jihadist ideology and warfare with geographical concepts at Africa’s periphery of the Islamic world: geographical knowledge about the boundary between the “Land of Islam” and the “Land of War”; the pre-colonial construction of “the Muslim” and “the unbeliever”; and the transfer of ideas between political elites and mobile actors (traders, pilgrims, slaves, soldiers), whose reports helped shape new definitions of the African frontier of Islam. Research for this book is based on the study of a very wide range of Arabic and West African (Hausa, Fulfulde) manuscripts. Their policies reveal the persistent reciprocity of jihadist warfare and territorial statehood, of Africa and the Middle East.

Stephanie Zehnle is Junior Professor for Non-European History at Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel. Her research focuses on African history, colonial history, the history of human-animal relations and the history of Islam.

The event will be held via Zoom. Please register at registration@zmo.de.

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