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(also known as the Beriberi), a people in northeastern Nigeria, the southeastern part of the Republic of the Niger, and along the eastern shore of Lake Chad (Republic of Chad). Their population, together with the closely related Tubu, Kanembu, and Zaghawa peoples, totals approximately 3 million (1970, estimate). The Kanuri language belongs to the Kanuri-Tubu group. Most Kanuri are Muslims (Islam spread among them in the 11th century); vestiges of the old tribal cults are also preserved. In about the ninth century, the Kanuri created a state union, Kanem-Bornu. The Kanuri engage in farming and cattle raising. A characteristic of the Kanuri is their interweaving of feudal relations and growing capitalist relations.
REFERENCEMeek, C. K. The Northern Tribes of Nigeria, vols. 1–2. London, 1925.
R. N. ISMAGILOVA