CitationFallou Ngom & Phillippe Beaujard. 2017. African Ajami Library: Digital Preservation of Antemoro Malagasy Ajami Manuscripts.
The material is the first of three texts owned by Boniface, who was believed to be in his forties in the early 1980s, and died of hepatitis in the 1990s. Boniface belonged to the Zafimbolazy Clan and lived in a village called Voasary in the Antemoro region (in the valley of the Matatàña River). He did not hold a formal religious or political position, but was regarded as man of high knowledge. He was Muslim, and became increasingly more Salafist over his lifetime. He was not married. The original author of the material is unknown. The material was photographed between 1983 and 1990. The pages were made out of a local plant called harandrànto in Malagasy, likely of the genus Afzelia. The material was bound in zebu skin and sinew. While the exact content of material is unknown, it is believed to contain guidance for charms, divination, and healing through prayers, geomancy, and astrology.
The entire manuscript is available for download as a single PDF file. Higher-resolution images are unavailable. For assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Fieldwork Team: Philippe Beaujard (Director of Research, French National Centre for Scientific Research). Technical Team: Dr. Vika Zafrin (Digital Scholarship Librarian, BU Libraries), Eleni Castro (OpenBU and Electronic Theses & Dissertations Librarian, BU Libraries), Dr. Fallou Ngom (Director, African Language Program), Dr. Peter Quella (Assistant Director, African Studies Center), Mustapha Hashim Kurfi (PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science), and Zachary Gersten (Research Assistant, African Studies Center). This collection of Malagasy Ajami materials is copied as part of the African Studies Center’s African Ajami Library. This project is partly funded by the BU African Studies Center. We thank Dr. Tim Longman, Director of the African Studies Center, and the entire African Studies team for their support. For Inquiries: Please contact Professor Fallou Ngom (email@example.com).