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Slavery in AfricaArchaeology and Memory$
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Paul Lane and Kevin C. MacDonald

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264782

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264782.001.0001

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The Present in the Past: How Narratives of the Slave-Raiding Era Inform Current Politics in Northern and Central Nigeria

The Present in the Past: How Narratives of the Slave-Raiding Era Inform Current Politics in Northern and Central Nigeria

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(p.361) 16 The Present in the Past: How Narratives of the Slave-Raiding Era Inform Current Politics in Northern and Central Nigeria
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Slavery in Africa
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Roger Blench

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264782.003.0016

Although slavery had long existed in Nigeria, the nineteenth century undoubtedly saw a major expansion of long-distance slave raiding fuelled by the rise of the Hausa states. This had significant negative consequences for the minority populations of the Middle Belt, impacting on their settlement patterns, interethnic relations, trade, and religion. During the colonial era, the strong support given to Hausa‐Islamic culture through the system of Indirect Rule had the consequence of suppressing minority views about this era. However, since independence, greater access to education and thus to local political power has dramatically reversed relations between the Muslim north and the Middle Belt. This chapter considers how local, Middle Belt publications are now attempting to reverse the narrative currents of the colonial era, by reframing the history of the slaving period.

Keywords:   slavery, Hausa states, Middle Belt, Hausa‐Islamic culture, colonial era, Muslims

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