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Title:Cataloguing Kanuri names: problems and solutions
Author:Agaja, J. Abayomi
Periodical:Annals of Borno
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Kanuri language
Abstract:The principal tribe of Borno, the Kanuri, is considered to be a mixture of Arab, Hamitic and negro tribes established in the area for many centuries. This paper highlights some of the problems involved in using Kanuri names as access points for bibliographic entries. Cataloguing Kanuri names is a tedious task for non-Kanuri cataloguers, indexers, bibliographers, etc. who lack the basic knowledge of the history, origin and descent of the Kanuri. The paper employs historical, cultural and religious references to explain the intricacies involved in the Kanuri naming system and in each case specifies the relevant sections of the AACR (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 1978) for a solution. The following types of Kanuri names are distinguished: place names used as surnames, names of Arab origin, trade names used as surnames, surnames portraying particular religious events, identical names, titles of nobility, honour, office, etc., compound surnames, and maiden forenames with husband's fore and surnames as first and second element of the surname. App., ref., sum.