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Being and Becoming Hausa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. By Anne Haour & Benedetta Rossi (eds.). Brill, Leiden/Boston, 2010, xviii + 310 pp. ISBN 978-90-04-18542-5. € 75.00 (Paperback).

Being and Becoming Hausa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. By Anne Haour & Benedetta Rossi (eds.).... Book Review Today, Hausa is a language spoken in Northern Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Cameroon, and Togo by approximately 30 million people, if not more. It is thus one of the most widely spoken languages in West Africa. Hausa is used as a lingua franca throughout the wider region but also as the first language by those who consider themselves as Hausa proper living in what commonly is known as Hausaland. While Hausa as a language has found considerable academic recognition, Hausa as an identity has received much less attention, despite its obvious importance for modern-day politics and economics. The book seeks to fill this gap, and -- to say this right away -- does fill it in every respect. The editors compiled a number of papers given on a conference held at the Sainsbury Research Unit, Norwich, in 2008. All contributors are well known in Hausa studies, from different fields such as history, linguistics, sociology, and archaeology. These disciplines are covered in twelve chapters, agreeably illustrated by 19 figures and seven maps. The volume is framed by an introductory chapter by the editors and a final sum-up chapter by John Sutton. Haour and Rossi give http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Being and Becoming Hausa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. By Anne Haour & Benedetta Rossi (eds.). Brill, Leiden/Boston, 2010, xviii + 310 pp. ISBN 978-90-04-18542-5. € 75.00 (Paperback).

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 9 (1): 111 – Oct 25, 2011

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© Copyright 2011 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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2191-5784
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Book Review Today, Hausa is a language spoken in Northern Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Cameroon, and Togo by approximately 30 million people, if not more. It is thus one of the most widely spoken languages in West Africa. Hausa is used as a lingua franca throughout the wider region but also as the first language by those who consider themselves as Hausa proper living in what commonly is known as Hausaland. While Hausa as a language has found considerable academic recognition, Hausa as an identity has received much less attention, despite its obvious importance for modern-day politics and economics. The book seeks to fill this gap, and -- to say this right away -- does fill it in every respect. The editors compiled a number of papers given on a conference held at the Sainsbury Research Unit, Norwich, in 2008. All contributors are well known in Hausa studies, from different fields such as history, linguistics, sociology, and archaeology. These disciplines are covered in twelve chapters, agreeably illustrated by 19 figures and seven maps. The volume is framed by an introductory chapter by the editors and a final sum-up chapter by John Sutton. Haour and Rossi give

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Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Oct 25, 2011

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