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The Book And The Nature Of Knowledge In Muslim Northern Nigeria, 1457–2007

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Book famines, it seems, are still a feature of northern Nigerian intellectual life. For the last 50 years, "Book Aid International" in Britain has tried to make up the shortfall, yet in 2008 it has removed Nigeria from its list of recipients as if Nigerian university libraries (there are 94 major ones now) were no longer in need of books from abroad. Two foreign governments - the Americans and the British - maintain them in a very few important cities, but they are not general libraries, and in recent years an educational institution like the British Council has even reduced its holdings. One might argue that the mere presence of a Holy Qurʾān in such a respected context implied that the palace or the town was Muslim and therefore exempt from being attacked and sacked as part of a jihād.

Keywords: British council; foreign governments; Holy Qurʾān; jihād; Muslim northern Nigeria



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