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Title:Political change and the emergence of Alhajis among the Bokkos Fulan
Author:Hickey, J.V.
Year:1980
Pages:16
Language:English
Notes:Annual meeting of the African Studies Association (23; 15-18 October 1980; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
City of publisher:Waltham, MA
Publisher:African Studies Association
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islam
pilgrimages
Fulani
acephalous society
pilgrimage
Abstract:The historic development of the role of the Alhaji - the person who has completed the pilgrimage to Mecca - and its relationship to changes in traditional and modern Fulani politics in Bokkos, a market village in Central Nigeria. Alhajis of the 1950's, who had made the pilgrimage to primarily regain traditional powers, differed little from British appointed elders. From the late 1960's on local understanding about the role of Alhaj is radically changed. Community members were unanimous in their belief that wealth and power were the primary reasons for the hajj. Alhaji appear now to be establishing an informal political network that has the potential of representing Fulani interests beyond kinship and local territory.
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