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Title:The hierarchy and the multi and super-ethnic regional formation concerning African traditional kingdoms
Editor:Shimada, YoshihitoISNI
Series:African traditional kingdoms studies
City of publisher:Nagoya
Publisher:Comparative Studies in Social and Human Sciences, Nagoya University
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:traditional polities
traditional rulers
Abstract:Instead of a mosaic of ethnic societies, Africa is composed of multi or super-ethnic societies or regions. Chiefdoms or kingdoms, in particular, have institutionalized this multi-ethnicity in many ways. In other words, African traditional states have existed as regional systems and this is why some have succeeded in surviving to the present day, filling the vast spaces of national territory left unoccupied by the modern State. Even in countries where traditional states no longer exist, such as Mali, their bases or sociocultural heritages continue to be felt. The French, English and Japanese essays in this collective volume explore the multi-ethnic integrative dynamics of African traditional states and their regional institutionalization of the geo-human spaces where multiple ethnic groups meet and coexist, notably in Cameroon and Ghana, with contributions which deal, amongst others, with Islam and State in Cameroon, the power of the 'lamido' of Ngaoundéré, the role of traditional rulers in combating banditry in North Cameroon, cattle trade in Ngaoundéré, significance and function of the 'hiirde' among the Fulani in northern Cameroon, polygamy in Accra, Ghana, and the effects on the Muslim community in Djenné and Timbuktu, Mali, of inscribing these sites of ancient kingdoms on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Contributors: Hamadou Adama, Ousmanou Adama, Shozo Akutsu, Amadou Ballo, Mohamman Djingui, Reita Furusawa, Roberto Christian Gatti, Keiko Hirose, Shun Ishiyama, Saibou Issa, Kazuyo Iseki, Ryo Nakamura, Saibou Nassourou, Yoshihito Shimada, Chiaki Shimoyasuba, Makiko Toda. [ASC Leiden abstract]