A new light is shed on African women of the Sahel in this book about a brilliantly intelligent 19th century woman-jihadist whose legacy of verse contains political and social commentary.

part |2 pages

Part One

chapter 1|8 pages

Asma'u's Early Life

chapter 2|10 pages

The Early Jihad

chapter 3|10 pages

The Settlement of Sokoto

chapter 4|11 pages

Collaboration between Asma'u and Bello

chapter 5|12 pages

Asma'u's Development of her Role

chapter 6|11 pages

The Later Jihad

chapter 7|9 pages

Collaboration between Asma'u and Gidado

chapter 8|10 pages

Away from the Centre 1842-1850

chapter 9|9 pages

Asma'u's Widowhood at Wurno

chapter 10|9 pages

Final Years: Her Legacy