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Title:The marabout and the muse: New approaches to Islam in African literature
Editor:Harrow, Kenneth W.ISNI
Series:Studies in African literature
City of publisher:Portsmouth, NH
Geographic terms:Africa
Northern Nigeria
oral literature
Abstract:The essays in this volume present Islamic texts as essential components of the African cultural and social environment. They deal with Islam in Maghrebian literature, in African language literatures and in Nigerian literature. The part on Islam in Maghrebian literature deals, amongst others, with the work of Assia Djebar, Fatima Mernissi, Driss Chra´bi, Abdelkebir Khatibi, and Tahar Ben Jelloun (contributors: George Lang, Christopher Gibbins, Patricia Geesey, Sonia Lee and John Hawley). The part on Islam in African language literatures deals with four epics about 19th century West African heroes (Brent C. Bowles and Thomas Hale), the epic tale of the Kingdom of Waalo, Senegambia (Samba Diop), the poetry of the Tuareg mystic Hawad, Niger (Debra Boyd-Buggs), Swahili songs (Farouk Topan), and Somali women's songs (Lidwien Kapteijns with Mariam Omar Ali). The part on Islam in Nigerian literature deals with women in Islamic literature in Northern Nigeria (Jean Boyd and Beverly Mack), oral traditions in Hausa literature (Patricia Starratt), and 'The last imam' by Ibrahim Tahir (Ahmed Sheikh Bangura). The final section examines Islam in the work of Nuruddin Farah (Maggi Philips, Alamin Mazrui).