The Fulani Jihad and its Implication for National Integration and Development in Nigeria
The Fulani Jihad (1804-1810) led by Shehu, Uthman Dan Fodio was
successfully prosecuted against the established Hausa dynasty in Northern
Nigeria. It led to the emergence of a theocratic state, the Sokoto Caliphate,
which was administered largely as a federation, due to its wide expanse and
diverse composition of its people. The causes, management and impact of the
Jihad as well as important lessons for national integration and development
in contemporary Nigerian political life form the basic themes of this paper.
Key words: Jihad, Integration, Theocracy, National Development, Caliphate
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