By Rudolf Pell Gaudio
A wealthy and engrossing account of 'sexual outlaws' within the Hausa-speaking quarter of northern Nigeria, the place Islamic legislations calls for strict separation of the sexes and diversified ideas of habit for girls and males in almost each aspect of life.
the 1st ethnographic examine of sexual minorities in Africa, and one among only a few works on sexual minorities within the Islamic world
Engagingly written, combining leading edge, ethnographic narrative with analyses of sociolinguistic transcripts, old texts, and renowned media, together with video, movie, newspapers, and song-poetry
Analyzes the social studies and expressive tradition of 'yan daudu (feminine males in Nigerian Hausaland) with regards to neighborhood, nationwide, and worldwide debates over gender and sexuality on the flip of the twenty-first century
Winner of the 2009 Ruth Benedict Prize within the class of "Outstanding Monograph"
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19 Yet the fall from power that resulted from European colonialism was to be the biggest shock of all – for the new imperial powers brought before Sunni Muslims the vision of a revival of Christian authority – a religion that God was supposed to have supplanted by Islam as his new community of salvation. From the eighteenth century to the present the response was a succession of regional religious revivals, for defeat could only be interpreted as a sign of God’s disfavour. To restore favour to His last community it was necessary to be self-critical, and seek revival and the reform of Islam.
Each is united by their desire to revive the Muslim world but divided by the means in which they feel this can be achieved. Modernists hope that Muslims can rediscover their power by rejuvenating the morality and ethics of Islam but meanwhile learning from European developments that have been made in science and technology. The crucial element is to restore 34 Islam Today the glory of Islam by reviving the essentials of the faith but to reform Islamic legal, administrative and educational institutions along the lines of the West.
Implicit in such renewals is the understanding that the community is divided and requires purging of un-Islamic behaviour or accretions that are foreign to the faith in order to restore unity. The various revivals created a number of movements whose revolutionary zeal gradually died down, to be replaced by newer more radical groups, which in turn became ‘tamed’. Often such movements can develop around the charismatic leadership of a mujaddid, a pious individual believed to be a rejuvenator of the umma.
Allah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic African City by Rudolf Pell Gaudio