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Citation (published version)Kurfi, M. H., Hauwa U., Ngom, F., and Castro, E. (2020). African Ajami Library: Gender in Nigerian Ajami Manuscripts. Boston: Boston University Libraries: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/41953.
This collection contains recent copies which were originally composed by Nana Asma’u, daughter of Usman dan Fodio (in the mid-1840), who founded the Ƴantaru movement in Northern Nigeria. The collection also contains poems from members of the Ƴantaru movement who celebrate the leaders of the Sokoto Jihad, Nana Asma’u, the various Modibbos (Female Education Supervisors), the Jajis (education extension workers), and all those who contributed to the expansion of the Ƴantaru movement and Islam in general. Many of the poems celebrate Prophet Muhammad. Although the leaders of Sokoto and their predecessors such as Nana Asma’u and others were Fulani themselves and have composed some of their poems in Fulfulde Ajami), these poems are extant and hard to find nowadays in Sokoto and other Hausa speaking communities, except perhaps in the Fulfulde speaking areas of Adamawa in Northeastern Nigeria and in the neighboring Republic of Cameroon. This collection titled Hisneki (Fulfulde: salvation) deals with the light that Islam has brought through the Prophet and the works of his companions that the Sokoto leaders and the Ƴantaru movement sought to perpetuate. They praise the Sokoto leaders and the founding women leaders of the Ƴantaru movement for enlightening the people by bringing to them the wisdom of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. The poems celebrate the sacrifices that these women made to ensure that girls and women were educated and empowered. Some poems also recognized the efforts of the various Modibbos and the Jajis who visited towns and remote villages and hamlets to educate young girls and women. For the set of poems that were dedicated to the Prophet, they celebrate his uniqueness and unrivaled moral attributes. These include his trustworthiness, humility, generosity, and compassion.
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 email@example.com. Fieldwork Team: Dr. Mustapha Hashim Kurfi (Principal Investigator), Hauwa Usman (Local Project Manager), Alhaji Abubakar Maikudi Aishat (General Field Facilitator). Technical Team: Prof. Fallou Ngom (Project Director and former Director of the African Studies Center), and Eleni Castro (Technical Lead, BU Libraries). These collections on Gender in Nigerian Ajami Manuscripts 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Required Citation: Kurfi, M. H., Hauwa U., Ngom, F., and Castro, E. (2020). African Ajami Library: Gender in Nigerian Ajami Manuscripts. Boston: Boston University Libraries: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/41953. For Inquiries: Please Contact Professor Fallou Ngom (email@example.com).Provenance / Custodial history: This manuscript is owned by Alhaji Modibbo Mamman Joda of Yola North, Adamawa State, Northeastern Nigeria. The manuscript is in good condition. The owner said it has been with him since 1982. It is an original handwritten copy that has been carefully written by a scribe. The manuscript does not have a date, but the pages are complete. It is written with a modern pen with diacritics in red.
RightsThese materials are subject to copyright. All rights reserved to the author. For use, distribution or reproduction contact Professor Fallou Ngom (firstname.lastname@example.org).