Academic libraries, specialists and students of Islamic literature, and of the history of Islam in Africa.
John O. Hunwick, Ph.D. (1974) in Islamic Studies, University of London, is Professor of African History and of Religion at Northwestern University. He has published extensively on Islam in West Africa, including 'SharÄ«'a in Songhay' (Oxford, 1985).
R.S. O'Fahey was educated (B.A. & Ph.D.) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has taught at Khartoum and Edinburgh and presently holds a chair in Middle Eastern and African History at the University of Bergen. Previous books include 'Kingdoms of the Sudan' (with J.L. Spaulding), (London, 1974); 'State and Society in DÄ?r FÅ«r', (London, 1980); 'Land in DÄ?r FÅ«r' (with M.I. Abu Salim), (Cambridge, 1983), and 'Enigmatic Saint. AhÌ£mad ibn IdrÄ«s and the IdrÄ«sÄ« Tradition', (London, 1990).
'Die Zusammenarbeit der Mitautoren ...hat ein erstaunlich monogenes Werk zustandegebracht. Fur die gigantische Aufgabe, die sie sich gestellt haben, verheisst dieser Band nur Gutes.'
Ulrid Rebstock, Die Welt des Islams, 1997.
'Grace a cette formidable entreprise de catalogage, gageons que l'Afrique ne sera bientot plus consideree comme une parente pauvre de l'orientalisme et de l'islamologie.'
C.H., Studia Islamica, 1998.
The second volume of 'Arabic Literature of Africa' (of which six volumes are planned) deals with the literature of Central Sudanic Africa, i.e. the area lying between the present Republic of the Sudan and Mali.
The bulk of the work concerns Nigeria, which has produced a voluminous and varied Arabic-Islamic literature. The smaller and less studied Arabic literature traditions of Chad, Cameroun and Niger are also examined.
The work is arranged both chronologically and by sub-region, and writers have been grouped within chapters according to their scholarly and religious affiliations. Full details are given of known manuscripts, published editions and translations. There are indexes of titles, authors, first lines of poetry and a general index. An initial overview and chapter introductions provide an outline intellectual history.
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