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Wa and the Wala : Islam and polity in northwestern Ghana /
Ivor Wilks.
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
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xvi, 256 p. : ill. --
ISBN
0521362105
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
isbn
0521362105
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
205316
 
Bibliography: p. 234-239.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-05:
In this generation no scholar has surpassed Ivor Wilks's contribution to Ghanaian history. This study of Wa, a small yet complex polity, complements his earlier analyses of Asante, Gonja, and the larger field of Islamic historiography in West Africa. Here his focus on the layered origins and developing factionalism in Wa's political and religious history over the past three centuries provides a detailed chronology of a fascinating state. Wandering soldiers and scholars, among them Mende, Mampurugu, and Dagomba, as well as the people they met, all contributed to an evolving government. The resulting factions usually coexisted but never coalesced. Wilks carefully explores the intricate arrangement. In the process he also offers fine models for textual and institutional analysis. Tension and regular outbursts of communal violence punctuate the Wala experience. Whether these revolve around Islamic accommodation in the 19th century or local government reform in the 1980s, Wilks convincingly traces their roots to the deep structures of Wala society. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -J. A. Works Jr., University of Missouri--St. Louis
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In the late seventeenth century Wala emerged as a small state in what is now northwestern Ghana. Its creation involved on the one hand warrior groups of Mande, Dagomba and Mamprusi origins, and on the other hand scholars from the centres of Muslim learning on the Middle Niger. Ivor Wilks traces the history of Wala from its beginnings to the present, paying particular attention to relations between the Muslim and non-Muslim elements in its population. He also examines the impact of Zabarima, Samorian, British and French intrusions into Wala affairs. By the use of orally transmitted traditions and recensions of these in Arabic and Hausa, he is able to show how the Wala themselves view their past. Wala is periodically convulsed by crises often resulting in communal violence. He suggests that the policy maker involved in the region's political problems needs a sound knowledge of Wala history and an understanding of the deeper structures of Wala society, especially in the context of official support for decentralization.
Main Description
In the late seventeenth century Wala emerged as a small state in what is now northwestern Ghana. Ivor Wilks traces the history of Wala from its beginnings to the present, paying particular attention to the complex relations between the Muslim and non-Muslim elements in the population. He also examines the impact of Zabrima, Samorian, British, and French intrusions into Wala affairs. By the use of orally transmitted traditions and recensions of these in both Arabic and Hausa, he is able to show how the Wala themselves view thier past. Ivor Wilks analyzes the periodic eruptions of communal violence in Wala in terms of both religious and secular factionalism. He suggests that the policy maker, concerned with the region's current political problems, should have a sound knowledge of the history of Wala and an understanding of the deeper structures of society.
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Wa and the Wala is the first full study of Wala history and society. The author pays particular attention to relations between the Muslim and non-Muslim elements in its population, and examines the impact of Zabarima, Samorian, British and French intrusions into Wala affairs.
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In the late seventeenth century Wala emerged as a small state in what is now northwestern Ghana. Ivor Wilks traces the history of Wala from its beginnings to the present, paying particular attention to relations between the Muslim and non-Muslim elements in its population. He also examines the impact of Zabarima, Samorian, British and French intrusions into Wala affairs. Wa and the Wala is the first full study of Wala history and society. It will be of interest to Africanists in general, to specialists in Islamic studies, and to historians of colonialism.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
List of tables
Preface
List of abbreviations
Preamble
Wa and the Wala
Wala origins: Lasiri and Kubaru
Wala origins: the 'alim as local historian'
Wa chronology: an exercise in date-guessing
Tajdid and jihad: the Muslim community in change
Colonial intrusions: Wala in disarray
'Direct rule': Wala in the early twentieth century
Wala under 'indirect rule': power to the Na and schism in the umma
Review: the peculiarities of Wala
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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