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6 - The Tārīkh al-fattāsh at Work

from Part III - The Circulation and Reception of the Tārīkh al-fattāsh, 1840s–2010s

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 February 2020

Mauro Nobili
Affiliation:
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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This chapter explores how the Tārīkh al-fattāsh affected the political history of the Middle Niger in the nineteenth century and describes how the work was circulated and received. By focusing on the reception of the chronicle, the chapter pays attention to the efficient circulation of the Tārīkh al-fattāsh. Then, it focuses on the reception of the chronicle and concentrates on the debates that it generated in the Middle Niger, and beyond. It concludes by following the decline of the political relevance of the chronicle with the disappearance of the Caliphate of Ḥamdallāhi in the 1860s, and the later repurposing of the chronicle during the colonial period, when the Tārīkh al-fattāsh served another political project: that of production of knowledge for the use of French colonial administrators who aimed at better understanding the past of the colonized peoples in order to control them more effectively.

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Sultan, Caliph, and the Renewer of the Faith
Ahmad Lobbo, the <I>Tārīkh al-fattāsh</I> and the Making of an Islamic State in West Africa
, pp. 205 - 242
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • The Tārīkh al-fattāsh at Work
  • Mauro Nobili, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Book: Sultan, Caliph, and the Renewer of the Faith
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108804295.007
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  • The Tārīkh al-fattāsh at Work
  • Mauro Nobili, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Book: Sultan, Caliph, and the Renewer of the Faith
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108804295.007
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  • The Tārīkh al-fattāsh at Work
  • Mauro Nobili, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Book: Sultan, Caliph, and the Renewer of the Faith
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108804295.007
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