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A History of Borno: Trans-Saharan Empire to Failing Nigerian State

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherHurst & Company, London
Number of pages320
ISBN (Print)9781849044745
PublishedFeb 2017

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Borno (in northeast Nigeria) is notorious today as the home of an Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, whose insurgency is a major security threat, but it was once the heartland of the Kanuri-speaking royal empire of Kanem-Borno, renowned throughout Africa and beyond, which in its later incarnation, the Bornu Empire, lasted from 1380 to 1893. This book offers the reader the first modern history of Borno, drawing upon sources in London, Berlin, Paris, Kaduna and Maiduguri and recently released ‘migrated archives’.

As its longevity suggests, what is particularly remarkable about Borno is the permanence of its boundaries—its territorial integrity—which dates back centuries, and the political and social identities that such borders framed in the minds of its inhabitants.

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