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DAN FODIO, USUMAN (c. 1754-1817), Nigerian religious leader and reformer. Shaykh `Uthman ibn Muhammad ibn `Uthman ibn Salih, known to the Hausas as Shehu Usuman Dan Fodio, was born into a family of Muslim Fulani clerics in the Ha6e (Hausa) kingdom of Gobir in present-day northern Nigeria. The family had abandoned the nomadic way of life several generations earlier and was dedicated to the teaching of Sunni, Maliki Islam. By the end of the eighteenth century Shehu Usuman Dan Fodio had inspired th ...more

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