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Title:'They Love Us Because We Give Them Zakat': The Distribution of Wealth and the Making of Social Relations in Northern Nigeria
Author:Abubakar, DaudaISNI
Year:2020
ISSN:1570-3754
Issue:23
Pages:257
Language:English
Series:Islam in Africa
City of publisher:Leiden
Publisher:Brill
ISBN:9789004437289
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:religion
Islam
gifts
poverty
zakat
social relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004437760
Abstract:The author describes the practice of Zakat in northern Nigeria. Those who practice this pillar of Islam annually deduct Zakat from their wealth and distribute it to the poor and needy people within their vicinity, mostly their friends, relatives and neighbours. The practice of giving and receiving Zakat in northern Nigeria often leads to the establishment of social relations between the rich and needy. Dauda Abubakar provides details of the social relationship in the people's interpersonal dealings with one another that often lead to power relations, high table relations etc. The needy reciprocate the Zakat they collect in many ways, respecting and given high positions to the rich in society.
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