Arabic Literature of Africa: The writings of central Sudanic Africa Vol.2. Volume 13

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John O. Hunwick, Rex Sťan O'Fahey
BRILL, 1994 - Social Science - 732 pages
The second volume of "Arabic Literature of Africa" (of which six volumes are planned) deals with the literature of Central Sudanic Africa, i.e. the area lying between the present Republic of the Sudan and Mali. The bulk of the work concerns Nigeria, which has produced a voluminous and varied Arabic-Islamic literature. The smaller and less studied Arabic literature traditions of Chad, Cameroun and Niger are also examined. The work is arranged both chronologically and by sub-region, and writers have been grouped within chapters according to their scholarly and religious affiliations. Full details are given of known manuscripts, published editions and translations. There are indexes of titles, authors, first lines of poetry and a general index. An initial overview and chapter introductions provide an outline intellectual history.

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The Central Sudan before 1800
1 Shaykh Uthman b Muhammad Fodiye
2 cAbd Allah b Muhammad Fodiye
3 Muhammad Bello
Other Members of the Fodiawa and the Wazirs
Other Writers of the Nineteenth and Twentieth
Emirs and Writers of
Writers of the Qadiriyya Tariqa
Writers of Katsina Zaria Bauchi and Lokoja
Bornu Wadai and Adamawa
Ilorin and Nupe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Ibadan Lagos and Other Areas of Southern Nigeria
Polemical Literature for and against Sufism
c Editions and Translations of Arabic and Hausa Works

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Page 597 - Descriptive Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts in Nigeria. Jos Museum and Lugard Hall Library, Kaduna, London, 1965.

About the author (1994)

John O. Hunwick, Ph.D. (1974) in Islamic Studies, University of London, is Professor of African History and of Religion at Northwestern University. He has published extensively on Islam in West Africa, including "Shar a in Songhay" (Oxford, 1985). R.S. O'Fahey was educated (B.A. & Ph.D.) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has taught at Khartoum and Edinburgh and presently holds a chair in Middle Eastern and African History at the University of Bergen. Previous books include "Kingdoms of the Sudan" (with J.L. Spaulding), (London, 1974); "State and Society in D r F r," (London, 1980); "Land in D r F r" (with M.I. Abu Salim), (Cambridge, 1983), and "Enigmatic Saint. Ah mad ibn Idr s and the Idr s Tradition," (London, 1990).