The entire manuscript is available for download as a single PDF file. Higher-resolution images may be available upon request. For technical assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. This is a joint project between BU and the West African Research Center (WARC), funded by the British Library/Arcadia Endangered Archives Programme. 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 (email@example.com). 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).Provenance / Custodial history: The current owner of the manuscript (Abdou Karim Thiam) inherited it from his father (Nimbaly Thiam) who died in the 2015 Mina stampede in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Thiam, Imam Nimbaly
CitationNgom, F., Castro, E., & Diakité, A. (2018). African Ajami Library: EAP 1042. Digital Preservation of Mandinka Ajami Materials of Casamance, Senegal. Boston: Boston University Libraries: https://hdl.handle.net/2144/27112
This manuscript is a poem written to praise the Prophet Muhammad. The poem recounts numerous feats of Muhammad and celebrates his critical role in the expansion of Islam. It is inspired by the well-known panegyric poem called Hamziyya (rhymes with the Arabic letter Hamza), which was composed by the Berber poet al-Būsīrī (1211-1294). Al-Būsīrī is also the author of the famous poem known as Qasida al-Burda (Poem of the Mantle) praising Prophet Muhammad. The manuscript is written in Arabic with extensive interlinear and marginal glosses in Arabic and some in Mandinka Ajami. There are two minor designs in the manuscript. The manuscript was digitized in the home of the owner (Abdou Karim Thiam) in the neighborhood of Kandialang in Ziguinchor, Senegal.