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Due to its long-standing relations with the Hausa states, Nupe may have been open to the influence of Islam from as early as the fifteenth century. Beginning with the grandson of Tsoede/Edegi, the alleged founder of the Nupe kingdom (generally dated to c. 1500) almost all Nupe kings appear in the kinglists as bearers of Muslim names.1 Little is known, however, of the development of Islam and of Islamic learning in Nupe before 1800. The presence of immi-grants from Katsina and Bornu, dating back at least to the late seventeenth/early eighteenth centur…

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“Nupe”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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