Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Educating Muslim Women: The West African Legacy of Nana Asma'u, 1793-1864

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Educating Muslim Women: The West African Legacy of Nana Asma'u, 1793-1864

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THE LIGHT FROM AFRICA Educating Muslim Women: The West African Legacy of Nana Asma'u, 1793-1864 Beverly Mack and Jean Boyd 2013. Pp. 240 + photographs & illustrations. $22.95 Kube Publishing Ltd., Markfield, Leicester, UK

Nana asma'u, a devout and learned Muslim scholar - daughter of the renowned scholar Usman dan Fodio - observed, recorded, interpreted, and influenced major public events that happened around her.

Her example as an educator is still followed. The system she set up in the first quarter of the 19th century for the education of rural women has not only survived in its homeland - through the traumas of the colonization of West Africa and the establishment of the modern state of Nigeria - but also is being revived and adapted elsewhere, notably among Muslim women in the United States. …

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