A Black Byzantium

The Kingdom of Nupe in Nigeria (Reprint)

By S.F. Nadel

A Black Byzantium is a study of the Nupe of Northern Nigeria, based on intensive field research carried out by author S.F. Nadel in 1934 and 1935-6, while a Research Fellow of the International African Institute. The economic and political complexity of the Nupe's kingdom evoked comparison with the civilization of Byzantium. This reprint is an exhaustive and meticulous picture of the life of an African community which has maintained its individuality through many cycles of change. Its vivid description and close analysis of Nupe social life and political institutions was the first detailed study of a Muslim Emirate in Nigeria and, as such, is still an indispensable work. (Series: Classics in African Anthropology)

436 pages

Publication Date: 10/1/2012
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783894738730

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