Abdullahi bin Fodio as a Muslim Jurist

ʿAbdullahi bin Fodio as a Muslim Jurist   by Abubakar Aliu Gwandu

A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Arts at the University of Durham for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

This work is a critical and objective study of ʿAbdullahi as a Muslim jurist.

Chapter one deals with the background to ʿAbdullahi’s society and gives a brief account of the political  social, economic and religious conditions of the peoples of the Hausa States in the 18th century.

Chapter two gives a brief account of ʿAbdullahi’s life. It covers his education and preaching, and the part which he played in the Sokoto Jihad. It concludes with a brief sketch of his character.

In chapter three we have tried to trace the personalities that most influenced ʿAbdullahi’s thinking. It is hoped that a knowledge of these personalities would help to account for ʿAbdullah!’s views.

Chapter four deals with ʿAbdullahi’s ideas on constitutional theory and government, and in particular his conception of the Caliphate and various departments of its administration.

Chapter five deals with ʿAbdullahi’s ideas on Islamic society and the vital role which he ascribed to religious  revival in the process of social reform. It deals with his ideas on the significance of rituals and the relationship between the various sections of Islamic society, and his attitude towards non-conformists like rebels and zindīqs. It deals with ʿAbdullahi’s ideas on the institution of  marriage, the upbringing of children, and the lawful and unlawful means of the acquisition of wealth.

In chapter six we have attempted to make a critical assessment of ʿAbdullahi as a mujtahid or an independent Muslim jurist. We dealt first with the principles which guided him in formulating his opinions. While stressing his independent juristic approach, we placed him as a mujtahid within the Mālikī School of Law. We also showed how his choice of sources extended to the three orthodox schools of law.

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ʿAbdullahi bin Fodio as a Muslim Jurist


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