The Katsina State Government has applied for credit from the International Development Association (IDA) arm of the World Bank towards the implementation of the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP). The Objective of the CSDP is to increase access of poor peop[...] Date Posted: 23 Nov 2016
From pre-colonial times to the present, katsina state (that is katsina and Daura emirates) has always been the shining star of the North. It is not only the cultural pacesetter of the region; it is also birthplace of the seven historic Hausa states that form the nucleus of what is today northwest Nigeria.
Daura has the distinction of being the cradle of Hausaland’s civilization. It is in Daura that the mythical union between Bayajidda and Daurama brought forth the founding fathers of Daura, Katsina, Zaria, Kano, Rabir, and Biram-the seven Hausa states that constitute the fulcrum of northern Nigeria. Daura is also the cradle of the seven so-called Banza Bakwai states –Zamfara, Kebbi, yawuri, Ilorin, Nupe, Gwari and kwararrfa-which Emir of Daura Alhaji Faruk Umar Faruk renamed in 2009 to ‘Yan Uwa Bakwai. In other words, much of what constitutes northern Nigeria would have been inconceivable without Daura. And this fact, as we will see later, continued to define katsina state’s relations with its neighbhours throughout much of the colonial and post –colonial periods. A few centuries after Daura birthed the 14 Hausa and non-Hausa city states in what is today northern Nigeria, Katsina quickly outrivaled its siblings and emerged as the strongest of the states. Between the 17th and 18th centuries, at the peak of the Trans-saharan Trade, Katsina became the veritable commercial headquarters of the entire Hausaland. Historical records have it that Katsina also became, far away, the biggest and most prosperous of the Hausa city states. As the cynosure of Hausaland at the time, its economy boomrd tremendously.
Economic prosperity brought with it several ancillary benefits such as the attraction of scholars and students from North Africa and beyond to the city Katina soon became the preeminent center of Islamic learning and scholarship in the whole of Africa south of sahara. Thus when the Shehu Usman Danfodio Jihad overthrew the Habe rulers of Katsina in 1804, the Jihadists did not meet a benighted people who were sunk in ignorance; they met a people who were deeply inserted in global Islamic learning and scholarship; who were versed in Islamic epistemology and juris-prudence.
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