(Economist) Globalisation and Jihadism intersect in the little-known Metropolis of Kano

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A year ago arrivals on the outskirts to Kano had to pass a sign forbidding alcohol consumption and banning women from riding on motorbikes. Now it is gone.

Kano may be the sixth-biggest Muslim city in the world—after Karachi, Jakarta, Dhaka, Cairo and Istanbul—but it is far from the most conservative. Women lift their hemlines to get on the back of achabas, motorbikes that are the main source of transport. Mini vans carry both sexes to their destination. It is possible to get a cold beer to wash away sand inhaled during a day on the edge of the Sahara.

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Posted January 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]
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