A Black Byzantium: The Kingdom of Nupe in Nigeria, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

A Black Byzantium

The Kingdom of Nupe in Nigeria, 1st Edition

By S. F. Nadel


478 pages

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Originally published in 1942 this now classic book is a study of the Nupe of Northern Nigeria. The economic and political complexity of their kingdom evoked comparisons with the civilization of Byzantium. The detailed description and analysis of their social life and political institutions was the first study of a Muslim Emirate in Nigeria and as such is still an indispensable work.

Table of Contents

1. Environment

2. Culture, Tribe, Society

3. Introduction to Nupe Kinship

4. The Community: Village and Town

5. Political Organization of the Village

6, 7 & 8. Political History of Nupe Kingdom 9. The Position of the Women 10. Government in Modern Nupe 11. Economics: Resources

12. Agriculture: Production

13. Agriculture: Organization of Labour

14 & 15 Industries

16. Free Professions 17. Industrial Labour

18. Wealth 19. Economic Balance: Exchange

20. Economic Balance: Means and Wants

21. Economics and Social Structure

22. Education for Citizenship

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

The volumes are supplemented with maps, which will be available to view on https://www.routledge.com/ or available as pdfs from the publishers.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies