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Title:Muslims and Maguzawa in North Central State, Nigeria: An Ethnographic Comparison
Author:Barkow, Jerome H.
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic terms:Northern Nigeria
Subjects:racial classification
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/483750
Abstract:In Nigeria, it is useful to speak of Hausa civilization in terms of three parallel hierarchies: depth of Islamic influence, amount of status and power, and degree of urbanization. At the top of all three hierarchies are the Hausa-ized Fulani rulers. As one moves down the ladder, one simultaneously moves to more rural areas, to people who are less strict and less learned in Islam and lower and lower in prestige, the Bakauye or 'villager'. At the bottom of all three scales are the Maguzawa, non-muslim Hausa. This paper compares ethnographically the Maguzawa living on the outskirts of a small Muslim village, Wurinsalla, under the Zaria Local Authority (N.C. State), with the villagers themselves, and explains the mutual misperceptions of these two groups. Sections: Historical background - Similarities - Differences - Perception of differences - Conclusion. Notes.