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Wa and the Wala

Wa and the Wala
Islam and Polity in Northwestern Ghana

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  • Author: Ivor Wilks, Northwestern University, Illinois
  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521894340

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  • In the late seventeenth century Wala emerged as a small state in what is now northwestern Ghana. Ivor Wilks traces the history of Wala from its beginnings to the present, paying particular attention to the complex relations between the Muslim and non-Muslim elements in the population. He also examines the impact of Zabrima, Samorian, British, and French intrusions into Wala affairs. By the use of orally transmitted traditions and recensions of these in both Arabic and Hausa, he is able to show how the Wala themselves view thier past. Ivor Wilks analyzes the periodic eruptions of communal violence in Wala in terms of both religious and secular factionalism. He suggests that the policy maker, concerned with the region's current political problems, should have a sound knowledge of the history of Wala and an understanding of the deeper structures of society.

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    "In this generation no scholar has surpassed Ivor Wilks's contribution to Ghanaian history. This study of Wa, a small yet complex polity, complements his earlier analyses of Asante, Gonja, and the larger field of Islamic historiography in West Africa." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521894340
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.453kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of tables
    List of abbreviations
    1. Wa and the Wala
    2. Wala origins: Lasiri and Kubaru
    3. Wala origins: the 'alim as local historian'
    4. Wa chronology: an exercise in date-guessing
    5. Tajdid and jihad: the Muslim community in change
    6. Colonial intrusions: Wala in disarray
    7. 'Direct rule': Wala in the early twentieth century
    8. Wala under 'indirect rule': power to the Na and schism in the umma
    9. Review: the peculiarities of Wala

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    Ivor Wilks, Northwestern University, Illinois

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