Hausa society in West Africa has attracted researchers’ attention for decades, and has featured in the historical record for at least 500 years. Yet, no clear picture is available of the historical trajectories that underpin Hausa ethnogenesis. This book addresses this gap, deploying interdisciplinary approaches to revisit questions to which single disciplines have given partial answers, often due to the paucity of written sources for early periods of Hausa history. Contributors draw from the disciplines of anthropology, linguistics, economic history, and archaeology to enquire into how a ‘Hausa’ identity took shape and what have been its changing material and cultural manifestations. The result is a compelling overview of one of the most iconic groups of modern West Africa.

Most scholars who speculate on the origin of the Hausa agree that the Hausa's ethnic composition includes a Hamitic element. If Palmer's (1967:95) view is taken as reasonably true, the Hausa people developed from a mixture of groups migrating from the central Sahara (due to desertification) to the

@humnet.ucla.edu Abstract Metrics is the study of the properties of metrical language found in poetry and song in languages throughout the world. This paper looks at examples of metrical language from traditions of poetry/song in two languages of the Chadic family, Ngizim and Hausa. These languages organize their metrical

In: Brill's Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics
Author: Patryk Zając

1 Introduction The enormous impact of the Arabic language on Hausa is mainly considered in terms of lexical borrowings (Greenberg 1947; Hiskett 1965; Goerner, Salman, Armitage 1966; Wexler 1980; Sayyid 1985; Baldi 1988, 1995, 2006, 2008; Awagana, Wolff, Löhr 2009). The studies on Arabic

In: Annali Sezione Orientale

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In: African Studies Companion Online

http://www.h-net.org/~hausa/ A platform for the discussion of issues related to Hausa language, literature and culture. H-Hausa began as a list concerned exclusively with language, but it has also hosted discussions ranging from traditional, Arabic-based orthography to computerization of Hausa

In: African Studies Companion Online
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. Introduction The centrality of the Qurʾān to the Islamic faith and its status as divine revelation mean that for generations, Muslims have made copies of their scripture that are as fine as their resources permitted. 1 This is certainly true of the Hausa calligraphic and decorative tradition. Hausa is

In: Islamic Africa

Nigeria, Hausa, šarīʿa , codification, Islamisation, zinā , conflict resolution. Between October 1999 and December 2001, twelve northern states of the Nigerian federation implemented legislation codifying Islamic criminal law and introducing Islamic codes of behaviour, such as the prohibition of alcohol and

In: Die Welt des Islams

A number of versions exist, some in Arabic and some in Hausa, of legends of the origin of the seven Hausa states (Hausa bakwai) and the seven “upstart” states (banza bakwai). An early version is given by Muḥammad Bello in his Infāq al-maysūr (q.v.), and another is in the Rawḍāt al-afkār of ʿAbd al

In: Arabic Literature of Africa Online