Afa Zaa Ngun Pag' Ngo Buguli (Any Malam's Wife Who Has Gone to Lesser Gods)
The entire manuscript is available for download as a PDF file(s). Higher-resolution images are unavailable. Fieldwork Team: Karl J. Haas, PhD (Pricipal Investigator; Visiting Researcher, African Studies Center), Saeed Alhassan Dawuni (Field Researcher), and Fuseini Abdul-Fataw (Field Researcher). Technical Team: Dr. Fallou Ngom (Director, African Studies Center), Eleni Castro (OpenBU Librarian, Boston University Libraries), and Eric J. Schmidt (Assistant Director, African Studies Center). This collection of Dagbanli 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 and Middlebury College. Access Condition and Copyright: These materials are subject to copyright. Access is for research and educational purposes only, 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 (email@example.com). Citation: Materials in this web edition should be cited as: Haas, Karl J., Dawuni, Saeed Alhassan, Abdul-Fatawu, Fuseini, Ngom, Fallou, Castro, Eleni & Schmidt, Eric J. (2019). African Ajami Library: Digital Preservation of Dagbanli Ajami and Arabic Manuscripts of Northern Ghana. Boston: Boston University Libraries: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/32937. For Inquiries: please contact Professor Fallou Ngom (firstname.lastname@example.org). For technical assistance, please contact email@example.com.Provenance / Custodial history: The manuscript's owner was given a copy of the manuscript from a man named Afa Mohammed, who had been a student of Afa Ajura. Afa Mohammed was a teacher at the Anbariya Islamic Institute, established by Afa Ajura, and taught Baba Isshak how to sing Afa Ajura's songs. Afa Mohammed maintained a house in the Agric neighborhood in the northern part of Tamale, which is adjacent to the the Anbariya school.
Citation (published version)Haas, Karl J., Dawuni, Saeed Alhassan, Abdul-Fatawu, Fuseini, Ngom, Fallou, Castro, Eleni & Schmidt, Eric J. (2019). African Ajami Library: Digital Preservation of Dagbanli Ajami and Arabic Manuscripts of Northern Ghana. Boston: Boston University Libraries: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/32937
During the mid 20th century, it was common practice for couples who had trouble conceiving to have the woman visit a shrine to be treated by a tendana (fetish priest). Treatments administered by the tendanas generally required the intervention of spirits and/or ancestors, and were predicated on the woman developing and nurturing a relationship with the spirit. Afa Ajura argued in this piece that such practices were against the teachings of Islam, and that malams who sent their wives to shrines were not Muslims at all. As Tijaniyya in northern Ghana is generally tolerant of indigenous religious practices, Afa Ajura would have been addressing that community directly.
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