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Title:The Impact of Islam on the Urban Structure and Economy of Kano, Nigeria
Author:Frishman, Alan
Year:1986
Periodical:Journal of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs
Volume:7
Issue:2
Period:July
Pages:464-475
Language:English
Geographic terms:Northern Nigeria
Nigeria
Subjects:Islam
Islamic law
land tenure
neighbourhoods
architecture
Religion and Witchcraft
Urbanization and Migration
Economics and Trade
economics
law
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/13602008608715997
Abstract:This paper examines Islam's impact on three aspects of Kano, Nigeria: urban morphology and architecture, land tenure laws, and usury. The Islamic influence upon Kano has transformed the city over the past five centuries. It has molded the form of the old city into the typical Islamic pattern, so that it resembles the hundreds of medinas in North Africa and the Middle East. Although the Islamic conception of usury seems to have been widely adopted by Kano Muslims, traditional land law dominated the fusion of the Hausa and Muslim cultures. The traditional land tenure system survived because it had been in existence for hundreds of years before the advent of Islam, and was well adapted to local conditions. Ref.
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