The Time of Politics shows the instrumentality of Islam in helping to shape the historical and political consciousness of Northern Nigeria during the 1950's and 1960's. This work improves our understanding of the relationship between Islam and Colonialism and highlights the flexibility of the Islamic political vocabulary in West Africa.
Well organized, easy to read. . .
— Stephen Cory, University of California, Santa Barbara
Reynolds has made an important contribution to the history of twentieth-century Nigeria. The sources he has uncovered are used well. His focus on exploring the relationship between Islam and politics fills an important gap in the current literature and adds to our understanding of the process of decolonization and nationalism in northern Nigeria.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Background: The Physical, Social and Political Setting Chapter 4 The Politics of History Chapter 5 The Laws of God and the Nature of the Game: Shari'a Courts and Politics Chapter 6 Politics and the Shari'a: Reinterpretation and Reorganization Chapter 7 Islam, Politics and Women's Rights Chapter 8 Services to the Islamic Community Chapter 9 Brotherhoods and Politics Chapter 10 Conclusion Chapter 11 Bibliography Chapter 12 Index