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Title:Ahmadu Bamba's pedagogy and the development of ajami literature
Author:Ngom, FallouISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:Wolof language
writing systems
Muslim brotherhoods
About person:Ahmadu Bamba (c. 1850-1927)
Abstract:While African literature in European languages is well studied, ajami (modifications of the Arabic script to write languages other than Arabic) and its significance in the intellectual history of Africa remains one of the least investigated areas in African studies. Yet ajami 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 ajami literary traditions and examines the nexus between the pedagogy of Ahmadu Bamba (1850-1927), founder of the Muridiyya, and the development of Wolofal (Wolof ajami). Then, with reference to excerpts from Seriņ Masoxna Ló's 1954 mourning poem, in which he eulogized the achievements of the Murid leader Seriņ Muhammadu Mustafaa Mbākke, it discusses the role of Wolofal in the diffusion of the Murid ethos. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]