Islam and Chieftaincy Institution in the Sokoto Caliphate

Adegoke, K.A. (2010)

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Book chapter

There is no doubt that religion has an extraordinary power to influence the chieftaincy institution in the African society as it serves as a vital means of shaping and moulding the lives of people within a society. This paper examines the religion of Islam and the chieftaincy institution in the Sokoto Caliphate. The purpose is to see what elements of influence and impact that Islam has on the chieftaincy institution in the Sokoto Caliphate. The various influences and impacts of Islam on chieftaincy matters and institutions would help to determine the level of inter-relationship between Islam and the Sokoto Caliphate on chieftaincy matters. Our study would take us through the advent of Islam in the Sokoto Caliphate and give a historical sketch of the chieftaincy institution in the Caliphate. It would also take us through the religio-political Emirate-type of chiefs and title holders in the Sokoto Caliphate. Our conclusion would take the form of an application of the discovered levels of religio-political civil interaction of Islam and the chieftaincy institution to the Sokoto Caliphate context.