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The African Caliphate

The African Caliphate

The African Caliphate

The Life, Works and Teaching of Shaykh Uthman dan Fodio (1754 – 1817)

by Ibrahim Sulaiman


This scholarly work focuses on the establishment in 1809, in what is today Northern Nigeria, of the celebrated Sokoto caliphate, which may well have been the last complete re-establishment, anywhere in the world, of Islam in its entirety, comprising all its many and varied dimensions. As well as giving the biography of the Shehu and a comprehensive account of the history of his movement, the book also provides an in-depth examination of his teaching and literary works. These factors are all inextricably interwoven since, in a way scarcely equalled  by any other historical figure, the Shehu’s writings sprang directly out of the exigencies and requirements of his immediate situation and were what drove his movement forward and articulated its vision. As will be seen, his sole inspiration and source of guidance in every instance were the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger # to such a point that he even died at exactly the same age. It is also astonishing how relevant the Shehu’s teachings are, in spite of the clear difference in both time and environment, to the situation of so many Muslims in the world today and the solution to many of the problems currently besetting Islam are clearly indicated within its pages.

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  1. Zafer says

    As-salamu `alaykum,

    Is this book to be published or is already in print?


  2. Abu Bakr Carberry says

    Assalaamu alaykum,

    Yes the book is in print and is available from

    Direct link:

    ma’a salaamah

  3. Usman says

    where can this book be purchased in the USA?

  4. admin says

    I am making enquiries and will let you know insha’Allah. If nothing else works out, Bahr Press ( provide it mail-order.

  5. admin says

    I wrote to Ta-Ha and they replied:

    Dear Hajj Abdassamad, Assalam Alaikum,

    We have a few US distributors but one of our main ones is IB Publishers.

    Their email address is:

    They should be able to supply most of our books to local residents.

    I hope you’re having a blessed and peaceful Ramadan Insh’Allah.

    Best regards,


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