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The Collected Works ofNana Asma'u Daughter ofUsman dan Fodiyo 1793-1864' Preface A The Nana Asma'u Collection - Verifrin~ Authenticity XVll At the turn ofthe nineteenth century, in what is now north-western Nigeria, the illustrious Fulani Fodiyo clan was comprised of prolific scholars concerned about the nature of Islam and politics in the region. Like other scholars in her family, Nana Asma'u wrote in the Islamic literary tradition, using Arabic script to compose poetic and narrative treatises in several languages, primarily Arabic, Fulfulde, and Hausa; when Arabic script is used for writing local languages, the script is called ajami. These ajami compositions were written with vegetable dye inks on unbound sheets of paper, and traditionally kept together in a leather bookbag called by the Hausa term gafaka. This is the way Nana Asma'u produced and stored her manuscripts, in the manner ofher day. Her collected works have remained in storage in her home since her death in 1864. Owing to the vagaries of time and circumstance, it is possible that some of her works were lost by various means: perhaps some were loaned out and lost or destroyed; perhaps others disintegrated before they were recopied, or were lost to weather and insect damage. Nevertheless, it is assumed by her descendants, who have inhabited her house continuously since her death, that the bulk of her collected works is preserved in that leather gafaka. Her historic stature and the veneration she commanded both in her own time and since her death, guarantee that her works would be treated reverentially by the generations that followed her. The contents ofthe gafaka is the collection that Alhaji Dr. Junaidu, Waziri of Sokoto, the doyen of West African Islamic scholars, made available to Jean Boyd in August 1975. From his personal library, situated in the private rooms ofhis house, 'Accordinglo Waziri Junaidu, Nana Asma'u died in 1280 AH., at the age of72 (Junaidu 1957: Ch. 12) and her twin brother, Hassan, died in 1232 AH. at the age of25 {Junaidu 1957: Ch.7) just seven months afterthe Shehu's death on 20 Apri11817 AD. A process ofsimple arithmetic (1232-25~1207: 1280-72~1208) shows conclusive1ythatAsma'u and Hassan were born withintheperiod 19 August 1792 AD. (the beginning ofthe year 1207 AH.) and 29 July 1794 AD.{the end ofthe year 1208 AH). TheyearofAsma'u's death (1280 AH.) began on 18 June 1863 AD. and ended on6 June 1864 AD. The years 1793 AD. and 1864 AD. therefore represent a close approximation to the date ofAsma'u's birth and death. XVll The Collected Works ofNana Asma'u Daughter ofUsman cran Fodiyo 1793-18641 Preface A The Nana Asma'u Collection - Verifying Authenticity At the tum ofthe nineteenth century, in what is now north-western Nigeria, the illustrious Fulani Fodiyo clan was comprised of prolific scholars concerned about the nature of Islam and politics in the region. Like other scholars in her family, Nana Asma'u wrote in the Islamic literary tradition, using Arabic script to compose poetic and narrative treatises in several languages, primarily Arabic, Fulfulde, and Hausa; when Arabic script is used for writing local languages, the script is called ajami. These ajami compositions were wlitten with vegetable dye inks on unbound sheets of paper, and traditionally kept together in a leather bookbag called by the Hausa term gafaka. This is the way Nana Asma'u produced and stored her manuscripts, in the manner of her day. Her collected works have remained in storage in her home since her death in 1864. Owing to the vagaries of time and circumstance, it is possible that some of her works were lost by various means: perhaps some were loaned out and lost or destroyed; perhaps others disintegrated before they were recopied, or were lost to weather and insect damage. Nevertheless, it is assumed by her descendants, who have inhabited her house continuously since her death, that the bulk of her collected works is preserved in that leather gafaka. Her historic stature and the veneration she commanded both in her own time and since her death, guarantee that her works would be treated reverentially by the generations that followed her. The contents of the gafaka is the collection that Alhaji Dr. Junaidu, Waziri of Sokoto, the doyen of West African Islamic scholars, made available to Jean Boyd in August 1975. From his personal library, situated in the private rooms of his house, 'According to Waziri Junaidu, Nana Asma'u died in...

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ISBN
9781609170653
Related ISBN
9780870134753
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OCLC
605316199
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2012-12-20
Language
English
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