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Title:Some notes on the influence of North African traders in Kano
Author:Uba Adamu, Muhammad
Periodical:Kano Studies
Geographic terms:Maghreb
Northern Nigeria
Abstract:For many centuries there has been a close mainly commercial but also cultural, connection between Hausaland and Arab North Africa, in particular in the 18th century when Katsina was the commercial centre for the trans-Saharan trade and an important centre of learning. As a result of Uthman dan Fodio's jihad (beginning of the 19th century) the old Hausa dynasty of Katsina was driven away and replaced by new Fulani rulers. The new rulers were not able to bring peace and security. The North African traders left Katsina and went to Kano. Described here is the role of the Arab newcomers in the economy and commerce of Kano and also what they contributed - guided by al-Hajj Abande, recognised as the permanent agent of the Ghadames government - to the political (i.a. during the Kano Civil War) and religious life there. Today the Arab community of Kano has been largely assimilated but many aspects of Hausa culture can be seen to be of North African origin. Notes.