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 zone of northern Nigeria, the place Islamic legislation calls for strict separation of the sexes and varied principles of habit for ladies and males in almost each side of lifestyles.

  • The first ethnographic learn of sexual minorities in Africa, and one among only a few works on sexual minorities within the Islamic international
  • Engagingly written, combining leading edge, ethnographic narrative with analyses of sociolinguistic transcripts, historic texts, and renowned media, together with video, movie, newspapers, and song-poetry
  • Analyzes the social reports and expressive tradition of ‘yan daudu (feminine males in Nigerian Hausaland) with regards to neighborhood, nationwide, and worldwide debates over gender and sexuality on the flip of the twenty-first century
  • Winner of the 2009 Ruth Benedict Prize within the class 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 fidgeting 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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While I have by no means resolved it, this tension has been intellectually and spiritually productive, for I came to see that many ‘yan daudu (and others) had a similarly contradictory relationship with ‘respectable’ Hausa Muslim society, adhering to beliefs and practices that conformed to dominant cultural values, while sometimes saying and doing things that appeared to deviate from those values. After completing my doctoral fieldwork in 1994, I returned to Nigeria four times, in 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2006.

Raid: “Koma gida, Sani, wai za’a yi kame” [‘Go home, Sani, it’s said arrests will be made’]. On the few occasions when I was present for a raid, the police ignored me. One night I accompanied Hajiya Asabe and a group of his friends to the police station, where another friend of theirs was being detained. As we waited around for the ‘fine’ to be processed, I was struck by how calm and ordinary the scene appeared. qxd 10/02/2009 11:25 Page 31 shoppers bargained with vendors at the nearby Sabon Gari market.

The consequences of Shari’a were uneven and contradictory, and fell harder on independent women than they did on ‘yan daudu. Independent women who ran restaurants in Kano and other large cities were generally left alone, while women who were believed to practice ‘prostitution’ had to get married or find a ‘legitimate’ occupation – no easy task for women who were poor, uneducated and estranged from their families. Independent women fared even worse in smaller towns like Madari, where they were forced to give up even ‘legitimate’ businesses.

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