Lovejoy 1990 Concubinage

Title Information


Author: Paul E. Lovejoy

Title: Concubinage in the Sokoto Caliphate (1804-1903)

Subtitle: -

Journal: Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies

Volume: 11

Issue: 2

Year: 1990

Pages: 158-189

ISSN: 0144-039X – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1743-9523 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 19thth Century, 20thth Century | Nigerian History | Types: Slave Rape



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Author: Paul E. Lovejoy, Department of History, York UniversityAcademia.edu

Abstract: »»Examines the significance of concubinage in the Sokoto Caliphate of north-central Africa in the 19th century, where slavery was the most extensive of all precolonial African states. Sexual exploitation was a central factor in the higher demand for female than for male slaves, and concubinage became a major way by which first other Hausa and then non-Hausa people were inducted into Hausa society. Though concubines were distinct from and inferior to Muslim wives, they gained status by bearing children to their upper-class masters: they could not be sold, their children were free, and they themselves were emancipated after their master's death.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)

Wikipedia: Sokoto Caliphate


Added: December 9, 2006 – Last updated: October 11, 2014