Bãki Nupe Ajami (Nupe Alphabet in Ajami)
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Citation (published version)Kurfi, Mustapha Hashim, Ngom, Fallou, and Castro, Eleni (2019). African Ajami Library: Digital Preservation of Nupe Ajami Materials of Middle Belt, Nigeria. Boston: Boston University Libraries: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/38121.
This manuscript is titled Bãki Nupe Ajami, which means Nupe Alphabets in Ajami. It is a two-page manuscript that provides two tables. The first is for the Nupe Alphabet in both Latin and Ajami script. It equally captures the vowels used in Nupe Ajami – five (5) as rather than the three (3) found in the Arabic alphabet. This table is presented on page xx of the Sheikh’s Dissertation. The second on page xxi of the same source captures an advanced table that shows the Nupe Ajami phonetics system with a Latin script equivalent. It is interesting how the author used a typewriter to write the Roman vowels and phonetic system, yet used ink to handwrite (longhand) the Nupe Ajami equivalent using the Maghribi writing style. This demonstrates the scribe’s ability to capture the nuances and peculiarities of the vowels and the phonetics. Overall, the Nupe vowels and phonetic system are essential instructional material that lay the foundations for learning the Nupe language in general, and especially Nupe Ajami. Importantly, it points to the ingenuity of the Nupe Muslim clerics, who improvised new vowels using the existing Arabic ones, which were not comprehensive enough to cater for the tones inherent in Nupe language. By so doing, it made it easy to effectively communicate, using the Arabic script, but also adapting it to fit the additional Nupe vowels. These manuscripts have further reinforced and demonstrated the continuous relevance of Ajami to the contemporary society in social, religious, and educational spheres.
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. Mustapha Hashim Kurfi (Principal Investigator), Alhaji Abubakar A’ishatu (Local Project Manager), Usman Abdullahi Nagya (General Field Facilitator) and Mohammed Yahaya Isah (Gatekeeper), Technical Team: Prof. Fallou Ngom (Director African Studies Center), and Eleni Castro (Technical Lead, BU Libraries). This collection of Nupe Ajami materials are copied as part of the African Studies Center’s African Ajami Library. Access Condition and Copyright: These materials are subject to copyright. All rights reserved to the author. For use, distribution or reproduction contact Professor Fallou Ngom (email@example.com). Citation: Materials in this web edition should be cited as: Kurfi, Mustapha Hashim, Ngom, Fallou, and Castro, Eleni (2019). African Ajami Library: Digital Preservation of Nupe Ajami Materials of Middle Belt, Nigeria. Boston: Boston University Libraries: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/38121. For Inquiries: Please contact Professor Fallou Ngom (firstname.lastname@example.org).Provenance and Condition: This manuscript is owned by Sheikh Alhaji Abdurrahman Aboki, the Chief Imam of Central Mosque of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida—Niger state (Middle Belt of Nigeria). This work is in the introductory part of Sheikh Imam Alhaji Abdurrahman Aboki’s Master’s Dissertation titled "Nupe Islamic Verses in Ajami Edition: Transliteration and Translation of Islamic Studies Manuscripts of Nupeland" submitted to the Department of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Islamic Studies) and approved in 1991 A.D./1412 A.H.
RightsThese materials are subject to copyright. All rights reserved to the author. For use, distribution or reproduction contact Professor Fallou Ngom (email@example.com).