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Chapter 2 argues that following the transformation of the Northern Nigerian region by the Sokoto Jihad in the nineteenth century, Islamic structures provided the crucial structural and ideological frameworks on which the British colonial administrative system was rationalized in the Northern Nigeria Protectorate in the first half of the twentieth century. The chapter also explores how colonial rule set the framework for Muslim and Christian collective political action in this vast region by the end of the Second World War, when the British authorities embarked on a process of decolonization in Nigeria. 

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