The Economic Foundations of an Islamic Theocracy—The Case of Masina

  title={The Economic Foundations of an Islamic Theocracy—The Case of Masina},
  author={Marion Johnson},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={481 - 495}
  • Marion Johnson
  • Published 1 October 1976
  • Economics
  • The Journal of African History
This paper is an attempt to study the economic foundations of one African state; Masina in the interior delta of the Niger south of Timbuctu, a short lived jihad state of the nineteenth century, has been chosen because it is relatively well-documented, literate, and followed an established pattern of Islamic taxation. Some attention is paid to the special needs of public expenditure in an Islamic theocracy; the system of taxation is examined, and it is shown that the revenue from the pastoral… 
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