Power, Honour and Shame: The Ideology of Royal Slavery in the Sokoto Caliphate

  title={Power, Honour and Shame: The Ideology of Royal Slavery in the Sokoto Caliphate},
  author={Sean Stilwell},
  pages={394 - 421}
Abstract This article takes issue with ahistorical typologies that depict all slaves as ‘dishonoured’ persons. It demonstrates that royal slaves in Kano emirate of the Sokoto Caliphate were initially valuable to the elite because they were indeed dishonoured outsiders. But, over time, slaves tried to limit their exploitation by developing their own systems of honour and status. The article traces when, where and how royal slaves in Kano acquired and attempted to acquire ‘honour’ as officials… Expand
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