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The Bole Fika Political Institution and Its Structure. A Study of the Traditional Titles (Northern Nigeria)

Ibrahim Maina Waziri and Dymitr Ibriszimow
Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft
Vol. 163, No. 1 (2013), pp. 11-42
Published by: Harrassowitz Verlag
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.13173/zeitdeutmorggese.163.1.0011
Page Count: 32
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Summary Beginning in the 15th c., Bole Fika developed a strategic buffer state between Borno and Hausa land in the politics of Central Sudan. The Bole titles and titleholders form an important institutional pillar in the formation and function of the state. The historical and linguistic analysis of the titles and of the categories of social groups and titleholders as extracted mainly from oral accounts is the crux of this study. The results achieved will serve as a significant insight for better understanding of the political systems in the regional context.

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