Abstract

While African literature in European languages is well-studied, ͑ajamī and its significance in the intellectual history of Africa remains one of the least investigated areas in African studies. Yet ͑ajamī is one of the oldest and most widespread forms of literature in Africa. This article draws scholars’ attention to this unmapped terrain of knowledge. First, it provides a survey of major West African ͑ajamī literary traditions and examines the nexus between the pedagogy of Aḥmadu Bamba and the development of Wolofal (Wolof ͑ajamī). Then, with reference to excerpts from Sëriñ Masoxna Ló’s 1954 eulogy, it discusses the role of Wolofal in the diffusion of the Murīd ethos.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1555-2462
Print ISSN
0002-0206
Pages
pp. 99-123
Launched on MUSE
2009-04-30
Open Access
No
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