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Although Katsina had been a major centre of Islamic learning in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and had attracted to it many Bornu scholars, it seems to have suffered an eclipse following the Fulani conquest of 1806, due no doubt to the insecurity caused by attacks by the ousted dynasty (now re-established in Maraɗi) throughout the century. The old centre of learning in southern Katsina, Yandoto, was destroyed during the course of the jihād, since many of its scholars refused to accept Sh. ʿUthmān’s authority. Some …

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“Katsina”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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