Pastoralists of the West African Savanna: Selected Studies Presented and Discussed at the Fifteenth International African Seminar held at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, July 1979, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Pastoralists of the West African Savanna

Selected Studies Presented and Discussed at the Fifteenth International African Seminar held at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, July 1979, 1st Edition

Edited by Mahdi Adamu, A. H. M. Kirk-Greene


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Originally published in 1986, this volume deals with various aspects of the life of the pastoralists who live in the area between what was Senegambia and Cameroon. It analyses the changing relations between pastoralists and agricultural peoples, and the changes that pastoral societies are undergoing with urbanisation, increased central government control and the spread of market relations. The papers are in both English and French and include historical studies of aspects of the history of Adamawa, the Fulani, the Twareg, the Shuwa Arabs and the Koyam in pre-colonial times. There is also a survey of the state of Fula language studies and the variety of Fula literature; discussions of the changing nature of pastoralism and the nomadic way of life in Cameroon, Senegal and Nigeria, including the effects of drought.


'The International African Institute was at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology after 1930. These studies, re-issued by Routledge offer access to these hidden treasures. ' Andrew Bank, University of the Western Cape

Table of Contents

Part 1: Historical Perspectives 1. Les armées peul de l'Adamawa au 19e siècle Thierno M. Bah 2. Fulani Continuity and Change under Five Flags Charles Frantz 3. Maudu Laawol Pulaaku: Survival and Symbiosis A. H. M. Kirk-Greene 4. The Role of the Fulani and Twareg Pastoralists in the Central Sudan, 1405-1903 Mahdi Adamu 5. The Shuwa Arabs Kyari Tijani 6. the Koyam Agnes Wedderburn Part 2: Language and Literature 7. Fula Language Studies: Present Position and Future Prospects D. W. Arnott 8. Aspects de la Littérature Peul Christiane Seydou 9. Fula Lexicography Mary McIntiosh 10. The Fulani Women Poets Jean Boyd Part 3: Nomads and Pastoralists 11. L'expansion des élévers peul dans les savenes humides du Cameroun Jean Boutrais 12. La brousse est morte Diouldé Laya 13. The Economic of Productiona nd Exchange in West African Pastoral Societies Jeremy Swift 14. Peul et aménagements hydro-agricoles dans la vallée du fleuve Sénégal C. Santoir 15. The Fulani of the Jos Plateau M. O. Awogbade Part 4: Social and Economic Aspects 16. Les sociétés et la civilisation des Peul Thierno Diallo 17. Langue, culture et économique dans le Futa Guinéen N. Camara, M. A. Diallo and Z. A. Sanoussi 18. Crises et mutations sociales au Futa-Jalon M. S. Baldé 19. Le delta intérieur du Niger: organisation spatiale Salmana Cissé 20. Evolution du Peul urbain: Ngaoundéré André Gondolo 21. Peul Majoritaires, Peul Minoritaires Danièle Kintz

About the Series

African Seminars: Scholarship from the International African Institute

Originally published between 1986 and 1989 the 8 volumes in this set reflect the research and debate surrounding many issues for the African economy, society and culture and as such make a vital contribution to effective development, both rural and urban. They re-issue key titles from the International African Library and the International African Seminars and address themes of direct relevance to contemporary Africa on topics as diverse as medicine, migration, housing, pastorialism and marriage.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Etymology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies