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Title:Islamic poetry of Oromos in northern Kenya
Author:Stroomer, HarryISNI
Year:2001
Periodical:Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere: Schriftenreihe des Kölner Instituts für Afrikanistik
Issue:65
Pages:71-102
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:Oromo
Oromo language
Islam
praise poetry (form)
Abstract:This article presents three Islamic poems of the Oromo in northern Kenya in the original language with an English translation. These poetic texts illustrate not only the formal mechanisms of Islamic Oromo poems, but also deal with some key concepts and events of Muslims in northeast Africa. The first song is a praise of Sheikh Nuur Hussein of Bale; the second is a Mawlid song; the third is a song in praise of a local saint, Sidi Rooba Garbi. The materials were collected during fieldwork in Marsabit, a town in northern Kenya, in 1980. The poetry was recorded with the help of North Kenyan Boraana Oromos, and Oromo immigrants from southern Ethiopia. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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