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Title:Pilgrims in a strange land: Hausa communities in Chad
Author:Works, J.A.
City of publisher:New York
Publisher:Columbia University Press
Geographic terms:Chad
Abstract:Focusing on the large Hausa communities located in Abe'che' and Fort Lamy (Chad), where they retain their separate identity though they live far from their homeland, this study explores the effects of religiously motivated migrations of the Hausa people, widely known as merchants and travelers. For centuries the Hausa have made the Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca, and their presence today in Chad is directly linked to their devotion to the ideal of pilgrimage. The author provides a detailed description of the migration, community formation, and settlement of the Hausa in Chad within a comprehensive account of Chadian history from the late nineteenth century to the present.