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The collection contains over 14 manuscripts of different lengths. They include Mandinka Ajami manuscripts and bilingual texts written in Arabic with Mandinka Ajami glosses. The themes are as varied as the manuscripts. The materials include astrology and divination techniques, poems of renowned Mandinka scholars such as Kang Kalifa Diaby and Sitookoto Dabo, key events in recent Senegambian history (such as the coup attempt of Kukoi Samba Sanyang in The Gambia in 1981), texts on Arabic grammar, Islamic rituals and creed, the importance of knowledge, and religious sermons delivered by an Imam on the occasions of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

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 fully cited using the information below. For use, distribution or reproduction beyond these terms, contact Professor Fallou Ngom ( Citation: Materials in this web edition should be cited as: Ngom, Fallou, Castro, Eleni, & Diakité, Ablaye. (2018). African Ajami Library: EAP 1042. Digital Preservation of Mandinka Ajami Materials of Casamance, Senegal. Boston: Boston University Libraries: For Inquiries: please contact Professor Fallou Ngom ( For technical assistance, please contact

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    Diaby, Kang Kalifa
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    Diaby, Kang Kalifa
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    Bayo, Ablaye
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