The Alhazai of Maradi: Traditional Hausa Merchants in a Changing Sahelian City

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The West African town of Maradi, capital of a prestigious 19th-century Hausa chiefdom, became a trading centre during the colonial period, and after Niger's independence in 1960, its prosperity and growth accelerated. Maradi's population increase (from 9000 inhabitants in 1954 to nearly 100,000 by 1986) was accompanied by rapid social change, including the emergence of a rich business class known at the "Alhazai", men steeped in the values of Islam but skilled in merchant capitalism. ("Alhazai" is the plural of the Hausa ...

The Alhazai of Maradi: Traditional Hausa Merchants in a Changing Sahelian City 1992, Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc, Boulder, CO

ISBN-13: 9781555872786

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