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Zaria, better known in Hausa as Zazzau (and in Arabic as Zakzak), was at the time of the outbreak of Sh. ʿUthmān b. Fodiye’s jihād in 1804, ruled by Emir Jatau, a man well disposed towards Islamic reform. However, he died within two years, and power was seized by Muḥammad Makau who was evidently less sympathetic. Meanwhile a man known only as Mallam Mūsā, a Fulani of Masina origin, who had been preaching and teaching in Zaria, went off to proclaim his allegiance to Sh. ʿUthmān. On his return to Zaria, accompanied by a Bornu …

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“”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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