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Title:Islamic Networks and Urban Capitalism: An Instance of Articulation from Northern Nigeria
Author:Lubeck, Paul M.
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Geographic terms:Northern Nigeria
Subjects:urban society
dual economy
Islamic education
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
History and Exploration
Development and Technology
External link:https://doi.org/10.3406/cea.1981.2301
Abstract:One object of this paper is to analyze the working and functions of the institution of the Koranic school in the city of Kano during three distinct periods: 1) the nineteenth century when Islamization, urban growth and state policy both sustained and encouraged the flow of rural-born Koranic students from the countryside to the city; 2) the period of colonial rule when mercantile capitalism and the groundnut export economy linked Kano to the capitalist world economy; 3) the contemporary era, beginning during the post-Civil War period, followed by the petroleum boom. The other object is the theoretical problem that urban Islamic networks address. By choosing to focus on these networks and associated institutions during the above mentioned periods, the author intends to show how a precapitalist institution with a precapitalist function and supported by essentially precapitalist communities is modified by and, in turn, reacts to capitalist development during the contemporary period. Notes, ref.