The launching of the book, The Sokoto Caliphate, authored by Murray Last and published by Premium Times Books, is holding in Abuja today.
The publication, a sequel to an edition first published 54 years ago by Longmans, Green Co, is the product of groundbreaking research by Professor Last when he was a PhD student at the University of Ibadan.
The book gives readers a historical dive into the 19th century Sokoto Caliphate, an empire borne out of the jihad led by the 19th century Islamic cleric, Uthman dan Fodio.
The empire, then referred to as the Fulani Empire by European invaders, extended from present-day Cameroon into Burkina Faso from east to west, and from Agadez to Ilorin from north to south. The invasion of the Europeans, especially the British and French, reduced this reach.
Today’s event will be chaired by the Emir of Zazzau, Ahmed Bamali, with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, being the special guest of honour and the Chairman of Casiva Limited, Nasiru Danu, unveiling the book.
The Editor-in-Chief of 21st Century Chronicle, Mahmud Jega, is the book reviewer as well as one of the panelists to discuss the topic “The relevance of the history of the Sokoto caliphate to present-day Nigeria.”
He is to be joined by two professors, Mukhtar Bunza, Kebbi State higher education commissioner and Mohammed Junaid of the Department of Education, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.
The book presentation as well as the panel discussion will be moderated by a former Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Ohi Alegbe.
Premium Times is on standby live at the event to bring you the details of the book launch.
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