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Title:Modibbo al-Hajj Usmanu (1884-1970): The life of a Muslim teacher and judge in Bogo (North Cameroon)
Authors:Adama, HamadouISNI
Amadou, A.M.ISNI
Periodical:Sudanic Africa
Geographic terms:Cameroon
West Africa
biographies (form)
History and Exploration
Religion and Witchcraft
Ethnic and Race Relations
Law, Human Rights and Violence
About person:Modibbo al-.hajj Usmanu (1884-1970)ISNI
Abstract:In 19th-century Western and Central Sudan, in the wake of the Sokoto jihad and the incorporation of new lands, there was a movement of scholars, notably from the west (Sokoto-Masina) to the east (Fombina, the southern region of the Adamawa emirate). These scholars from the west played significant roles in the entrenchment of Islam by acting either as judges, religious leaders or teachers in the various places where they settled. Modibbo al-.hajj Usmanu, who was born in Sokoto in 1884, left for Kano at the age of twenty, and subsequently also studied at Yola and Garwa. He settled in Bogo in the Marwa area of North Cameroon in 1921, where he opened a Koran school. This biography considers his youth, his itinerant life as a student, the nature and contents of his teaching, and his role as a Muslim scholar and as a judge who performed his duties in both colonial and postcolonial settings. App. (manuscripts in the private library of Modibbo al-.hajj Usmanu at Bogo, former students of Modibbo al-.hajj Usmanu), bibliogr., notes, ref.