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Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u in English Language oforiginal: Source oftext: Introduction: Elegy for Bello Sonnore BellolMqrthiJla Bello 1837-1253 FulfuldelArabic Waziri Junaidu 83 Works 12/13 This poem is about the sense of desolation Asma'u felt after Bello's death. It incorporates her prayers for the repose of his soul, and discusses the great love she had for her brother, the Caliph. She describes him as the teacher who was most important to her intellectual and spiritual development. In terms of its emotion, it may be compared to Asma'u's Lamentation for 'Aysha 11 (Work 37), which also expresses her disconsolate state. Asma'u's brother Bello was ill for months prior to his death. Nevertheless, despite having had time to prepare herself for his passing Asma'u was devastated to lose Bello, her close companion, with whom she shared both intellectual and spiritual philosophies. This work was written in the year ofhis death, which occurred on 26 October 1837; the year 1253 is encoded in its last verse. There are other elegies in which an individual is honored and remembered, but none is as poignant as this, conveying as it does the depth ofAsma'u's sorrow, which the reader is made to share through her vivid imagery. Note especially the images in verses 7 and 8. This work specifies Bello as Asma'u's mentor. Verse 9 states that he was her teacher; nowhere else in her works does she discuss her teachers. Bello clearly was the most influential and dearest person in Nana Asma'u's life. No understanding ofAsma'u can be reached without studying her relationship with her brother. Related texts: The Jihadists drew on a vast reservoir of literature that linked them to the wider Islamic world. They took pride in this connection, which is evident in their writings. Hiskett (1963: 10) speaks ofAbdullahi dan Fodiyo being "deeply influenced by his reading ofpreIslamic poetry" and shows how some ofhis own poetry echoed works by the 17th century North Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u in English Elegy for Bello Sonnore Bello/Marthiya Bello 1837-1253 Works 12/13 83 Language oforiginal: Source oftext: FulfuldelArabic Waziri Junaidu Introduction: This poem is about the sense of desolation Asma'u felt after Bello's death. It incorporates her prayers for the repose of his soul, and discusses the great love she had for her brother, the Caliph. She describes him as the teacher who was most important to her intellectual and spiritual development. In terms of its emotion, it may be compared to Asma'u's Lamentation for 'Aysha II (Work 37), which also expresses her disconsolate state. Asma'u's brother Bello was ill for months prior to his death. Nevertheless, despite having had time to prepare herself for his passing Asma'u was devastated to lose Bello, her close companion, with whom she shared both intellectual and spiritual philosophies. This work was written in the year of his death, which occurred on 26 October 1837; the year 1253 is encoded in its last vcrse. There are other elegies in which an individual is honored and remembered, but none is as poignant as this, conveying as it does the depth ofAsma'u's sorrow, which the reader is made to share through her vivid imagery. Note especially the images in verses 7 and 8. This work specifies Bello as Asma'u's mentor. Verse 9 states that he was her teacher; nowhere else in her works does she discuss her teachers. Bello clearly was the most influential and dearest person in Nana Asma'u's life. No understanding ofAsma'u can be reached without studying her relationship with her brother. Related texts: The Jihadists drew on a vast reservoir of literature that linked them to the wider Islamic world. They took pride in this connection, which is evident in their writings. Hiskett (I963: 10) speaks ofAbdullahi aan Fodiyo being "deeply influenced by his reading ofpreIslamic poetry" and shows how some of his own poetry echoed works by the 17th century North Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u in English Elegy for Bello Sonnore Bello/Marthiya Bello 1837-1253 Works 12/13 83 Language oforiginal: Source oftext: Fulfulde/Arabic Waziri Junaidu Introduction: This poem is about the sense of desolation Asma'u felt after Bello's death. It incorporates her prayers for the repose of his soul, and discusses the great love she had for her brother, the Caliph. She...

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ISBN
9781609170653
Related ISBN
9780870134753
MARC Record
OCLC
605316199
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-20
Language
English
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No
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