Allah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic African City by Rudolf Pell Gaudio

By Rudolf Pell Gaudio

A wealthy and engrossing account of 'sexual outlaws' within the Hausa-speaking area of northern Nigeria, the place Islamic legislation calls for strict separation of the sexes and various principles of habit for ladies and males in nearly each part of existence.

  • The first ethnographic learn of sexual minorities in Africa, and certainly one of only a few works on sexual minorities within the Islamic international
  • Engagingly written, combining cutting edge, ethnographic narrative with analyses of sociolinguistic transcripts, historic texts, and well known media, together with video, movie, newspapers, and song-poetry
  • Analyzes the social reviews and expressive tradition of ‘yan daudu (feminine males in Nigerian Hausaland) on the subject of neighborhood, nationwide, and international debates over gender and sexuality on the flip of the twenty-first century
  • Winner of the 2009 Ruth Benedict Prize within the type of "Outstanding Monograph"

Chapter 1 Introducing ‘Yan Daudu (pages 1–28):
Chapter 2 humans of the Bariki (pages 29–60):
Chapter three Out within the Open (pages 61–88):
Chapter four Women's speak, Men's secrets and techniques (pages 89–116):
Chapter five fiddling with religion (pages 117–142):
Chapter 6 males on movie (pages 143–174):
Chapter 7 misplaced and located in Translation (pages 175–195):

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4 Yet he also notes that he saw no ‘yan daudu “fall into trance” themselves. 5 The ‘yan daudu Besmer met were especially fond of a Bori spirit known as can Galadima. ’ The term originally came from the Kanuri language spoken in Borno, a formerly powerful Muslim empire in what is now northeastern Nigeria. Galadima also seems to have been the indirect source of the term Dan daudu. Besmer explains: Daudu is a praise name for any Galadima (a ranked title), but it specifically refers to the bori spirit, Dan Galadima (lit.

Ahmed (1992). See also Stoler (1995). The photograph, taken by Ryan Lash, accompanied articles written by Norimitsu Onishi on December 8, 1999, and January 29, 2000. Bachrach (2003). Leap and Lewin (1996); Kulick and Willson (1995). Abdullahi (1984). Yusuf (1974). Cf. White (1990), Stoler (1995), Ferguson (1999). Callaway (1987), Coles and Mack (1991); Hutson (1999, 2001); Werthmann (1997, 2000); Cooper (1997); Nast (2005). qxd 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 10/02/2009 11:25 Page 28 38 39 Pittin (1983, 2003); Cooper (1995); Masquelier (1995).

When they did Bori, their drumming prevented us from sleeping. qxd 10/02/2009 11:25 Page 42 There were some ‘yan daudu’s houses in the Illalawa neighborhood. As for prostitutes’ houses, there was Auta’s house at the North Gate, Lemo’s house at the South Gate, and the Magajiya’s house near the butcher’s neighborhood. ‘Yan daudu aren’t healthy, they’ve become like women, some of them even put on women’s clothes. They built and rented out rooms in women’s compounds, and the prostitutes would give them a little money.

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