Ghargham a kar mai-a Tarihi-a Aisa Kǝli Ngǝrmaram, 1497 – 1504 (The history, leadership and legacy of Aisa Kǝli Ngǝrmaram, 1497 – 1504)
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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 undated rare Kanuri Ajami manuscript contains a concise biography on the leadership and legacy of Aisa Kǝli Ngǝrmaram – the Kanem-Bornu legendary figure who ruled under the famous Sayfawa dynasty (1497 – 1504). This dynasty was one of the largest empires in Africa. Historically, the introduction of Arabic script to Nigeria can be traced as far back as the 11th century, particularly in Northern Nigeria starting with the Kanuri. This manuscript traces the brief history of the Sayfawa dynasty and then discusses the influence of the Kanem-Bornu empire, highlighting the successes that it had achieved especially in the expansion of Islamization across the continent. This work then examines the life and legacy of Aisa Kǝli Ngǝrmaram. It is important to note that there are very few known written sources on Aisa Kǝli Ngǝrmaram. Oral tradition holds that this legendary figure has played a significant role in the formation and ruling of the Kingdom. Aisa Kǝli Ngǝrmaram was the mother of the famous ruler -- Mai [Emir/King] Idris Alooma, who was too young to reign at first and as a result of which she reigned the Kingdom for seven years. It was reported that she would dress like a man to receive education amidst male counterparts and would go to the battlefields. It was believed that during her reign, the Kanem-Bornu had stabilized, which paved the way for her son to take over the mantle of leadership after her. Aisa Kǝli Ngǝrmaram was educated in Islamic knowledge, and she mentored her son (the future king/Mai) to be educated in this system as well.
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 the Former Director of African Studies Center), and Eleni Castro (Technical Lead, BU Libraries). These collections of Gender in Nigerian Ajami Manuscripts are copied as part of the African Studies Center’s 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). Materials in this web edition may be cited as: 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 Shehu Shettima Buba Babagana of Maiduguri, Borno State of Northeastern Nigeria. The manuscript is complete and not bound. It is numbered using the Abjada Arabic numbering style. Typed with a machine, the scribe used the Mashriqi variant of orthography.
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).