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The Diary of Hamman Yaji

Chronicle of a West African Muslim Ruler

". . . offers insights into the values and daily concerns of a Fulbe emir that no foreign observer's description could ever provide. . . . This volume is an indispensable addition to the scarce documentation of Sub-Saharan history from the African perspective." —Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

"Hamman Yaji's diary provides invaluable information on the early years of the colonial administration, the survival of slavery long after its abolition, and the career of an enigmatic indigenous ruler who tried for years to manipulate three competing European powers—France, Britain and Germany. I have no doubt that the reader will find rare evidence in the diary and much to think about in the comprehensive introduction to it by two esteemed scholars." —The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

". . . a pioneer contribution to African historiography. They have brought to light the piquant, highly revealing diary of a twentieth century Nigerian Chief." —African Affairs

". . . a rare and remarkable contribution that deserves commendation from all those interested in West African studies." —Journal of African History

The rare and remarkable diary of a local Muslim ruler and slave-trader in northern Nigeria under British colonial administration is enhanced by an introduction that places Hamman Yaji in historical and cultural perspective.

About the Authors

JAMES H. VAUGHAN is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Indiana University. He has conducted extensive field research in the Madagali District of Nigeria. ANTHONY H. M. KIRK-GREENE was Special Lecturer in the Modern History of Africa at the University of Oxford from 1967 until his retirement in 1992. He was previously Professor of Government at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, and from 1950 to 1960 served as District Officer in Nigeria, where he discovered the English text of Hamman Yaji's diary.


"The Diary: The Epic of Everyday Life is a comprehensive collection that takes on the task of charting diary studies historically and theoretically, discussing the function of diaries in different societies from a global perspective throughout time. . . . Proposing new readings and pointing to new possibilities of addressing this complex and shifting genre, the collection is extremely relevant for both experienced scholars in the field of diary studies, and students interested in the area."—Marília Dantas Tenório Leite, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil, Ilha do Desterro
Indiana University Press

9780253362063 : the-diary-of-hamman-yaji-vaughan-kirk-greene
184 Pages
$34.95 USD

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