Bigire (Space) in Hausa Worldview: Towards an Environmental Ethic of Zaman Lafiya (Peaceful Living)

Authors

  • Bambale Zubairu Lawal Department of Philosophy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7056-2832
  • Abubakar Ayuba, PhD Department of African Languages and Cultures, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Keywords:

Bigire (Space), Environmental Ethics, Hausa Worldview, Zaman Lafiya (Peaceful Living)

Abstract

The Hausa conceives good life as that which is consisting in working
towards attaining a Peaceful Living (Zaman Lafia). This is guided by a
worldview that conceives of the world (duniya) as being chaotic and
complex among others, yet, indispensable for its being a space (bigire)
within which any worldly endeavour necessarily occurs. This peaceful
living is ontologically conceived widely to extend to the environment.
This paper investigates the Hausa culture/worldview especially as it
relates to the Hausa idea of space (bigire) which is central in Hausa
worldview, as virtually everything; houses, places of worship,
cemeteries, farms, and so on, exist within a given space (bigire). To
attain a good life, therefore, the Hausa strive towards a peaceful living
that does not exacerbate the already chaotic world. As its thesis, the
paper argues that human nature, for the Hausa, is shaped by constant
struggle to act in a manner by which the chaotic nature of the world is not
exacerbated.

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2021-12-30