Slow Death for Slavery: The Course of Abolition in Northern Nigeria, 1897-1936

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August 1993



This book examines the decline of slavery in Northern Nigeria during the first forty years of colonial rule. At the time of the British conquest, the Sokoto Caliphate was one of the largest slave societies in modern history. Rather than emancipate slaves, the colonial state abolished the legal status of slavery, encouraging them to buy their freedom. Many were unable to do so, and slavery was not finally abolished until l936. The authors have written a provocative book, raising doubts over the moral legitimacy of both the Sokoto Caliphate and the colonial state.


List of maps; List of tables; Preface; 1. Slavery and the British conquest of Northern Nigeria; 2. Fugitive slaves and the crisis in slavery policy; 3. The debate on legal-status abolition; 4. Emancipation and the law; 5. Upholding proprietary rights to land; 6. The role of taxation in the reform of slavery; 7. The colonial economy and the slaves; 8. The persistence of concubinage; 9. Legal-status abolition: the final phase; Appendix; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.


'Ending slavery in a Muslim society as large and complex as northern Nigeria was not the simple event it is often assumed to be, but a contentious, often devious process that took over thirty years to complete. In this pioneering study Professors Lovejoy and Hogendorn dissect that process in great detail. They reveal, as never before, the debates and subtle shifts in implementing colonial policies on slavery, and in doing so illuminate as well a crucial, yet still hidden aspect of Nigerian social history. It is thus a work of real importance, one that alters our understanding of early twentieth-century Nigeria and shows how much we need a series of further such detailed studies, both locally and for elsewhere in Africa.' Murray Last, editor of Africa
EAN: 9780521447027
ISBN: 052144702X
Untertitel: 'African Studies Series'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 1993
Seitenanzahl: 412 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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