Publisher: African Studies Association

AḥMadu Bamba'S Pedagogy and The Development of ʿAjamī Literature

Fallou Ngom
KEYWORDS: Aḥmadu Bamba's Pedagogy and the Development of ʿAjamī Literature

ABSTRACT:

While African literature in European languages is well-studied, ʿajamī and its significance in the intellectual history of Africa remains one of the least investigated areas in African studies. Yet ʿajamī is one of the oldest and most widespread forms of literature in Africa. This article draws scholars' attention to this unmapped terrain of knowledge. First, it provides a survey of major West African ʿajamī literary traditions and examines the nexus between the pedagogy of Aḥmadu Bamba and the development of Wolofal (Wolof ʿajamī). Then, with reference to excerpts from Sëriñ Masoxna Ló's 1954 eulogy, it discusses the role of Wolofal in the diffusion of the Murīd ethos.




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