Kundin Musa Mai Almajirai
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The material, entitled Kundin Malam Musa Mai Almajirai (The Diary of Malam Musa Mai Almajirai), is a collection of Hausa Ajami Islamic medicine manuscripts that belongs to the family of Malam Musa Mai Almajirai (born in 1932). Many of the materials are khatims (magical squares) that serve to identify client's ailments and appropriate treatments. These cover many aspects of the human endeavor, ranging from love and relationships, winning court cases, healing unidentified ailments, treatments for body pains and aches, and recipes for braveness and popularity. Certain materials in this collection are hard to comprehend, except by the authors and trained practitioners, as many of the recipes are deliberately not included. This omission is similar to modern day password, thus, a built-in security measure that denies unauthorized access. The collection contains 201 pages in total.
Date created: unknown. The entire manuscript is available for download below as a single PDF file. Because of the large size of this manuscript, it is also available in three partial PDF files. In addition, each page is available as a separate, larger, JPG file. If higher-resolution JP2 files are needed (WARNING: files average 11-14MB in size), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Fieldwork Team: Mustapha Kurfi (PI, Hausa Ajami Scholar), Abdurra'uf Hashim (Research Assistant) and Bara'u Musa (Research Assistant). Technical Team: Vika Zafrin (Institutional Repository Librarian, Boston University Libraries), Dr. Fallou Ngom (Director, African Language Program), Dr. Peter Quella (Assistant Director, African Studies Center), and Zachary Gersten (Coordinator, African Language Program). This collection of Hausa Ajami materials is copied as part of the African Studies Center's African Ajami Library. This project is funded by the Boston University African Studies Center. We thank Prof. Tim Longman, Director of the African Studies Center, and the entire African Studies Team for their support. Access Condition and Copyright: The materials are subject to copyright. Access is for research and educational purposes only. Materials are not to be reproduced without written permission. Citation: Kurfi, Mustapha and Ngom, Fallou. 2015. African Ajami Library: Digital Preservation of Hausa Ajami Manuscripts of Nigeria. Boston: Boston University Library: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/11726 For Inquires: Please, contact Professor Fallou Ngom (email@example.com).