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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/28419

This collection consists of three sets of manuscripts. The first is a poem (Biniiboo) that celebrates Prophet Muhammad’s virtues and retraces his life and the history of his family. The poem is written in Arabic with extensive interlinear and marginal glosses. A few glosses are vocalized and are written in Mandinka Ajami. The second manuscript is a Mandinka Ajami exegesis of the popular Malikī jurisprudence (figh) text known as Al-Akhdarī widely used in West Africa. The third set of manuscripts consists of five types of texts which include prayers to help people achieve social mobility, a manual of special prayers and techniques for finding solutions to people's social problems (including love), and a personal letter in Mandinka Ajami.

This is a joint project between Boston University and the West African Research Center (WARC), funded by the British Library/Arcadia Endangered Archives Programme. Support for this project is also being provided from the BU College of Arts & Sciences (Dean Ann E. Cudd and Associate Dean Nancy Ammerman), the Department of Anthropology, and BU Libraries. Fieldwork Team: Dr. Fallou Ngom (Pricipal Investigator; Director, African Studies Center), Ablaye Diakité (Local Project Manager), Mr. Ibrahima Yaffa (General Field Facilitator), and Ibrahima Ngom (photographer). Technical Team: Dr. Fallou Ngom (Principal Investigator; Director, African Studies Center), and Eleni Castro (Technical Lead, BU Libraries). This collection of Mandinka Ajami materials is copied as part of the African Studies Center’s African Ajami Library. Access Condition and Copyright: These materials are subject to copyright and are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. For use, distribution or reproduction beyond these terms, contact Professor Fallou Ngom (fngom@bu.edu). Citation: Materials in this web edition may be cited as: Ngom, F., Castro, E., & Diakité, A. (2018). African Ajami Library: EAP 1042. Digital Preservation of Mandinka Ajami Materials of Casamance, Senegal. Boston: Boston University Libraries: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/27112. For Inquiries: please contact Professor Fallou Ngom (fngom@bu.edu). For technical assistance, please contact open-help@bu.edu.

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