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Title:The Arabic letter books as a source for Sierra Leone history
Author:Skinner, DavidISNI
Periodical:Africana Research Bulletin
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:Arabic language
historical sources
Abstract:On the 20th of April 1878, Arabic letters to and from the colonial government in Freetown began to be officially recorded in bound volumes in Arabic with English translations. The bound Arabic Letter Books consist of nine volumes. The last entry was 1 October 1901. There is a gap between 13 December 1899 and 1 October 1901 during which time no letters were recorded. Until 29 May 1890, the copies and translations are for incoming and outgoing letters, but after that date the recorded letters are outgoing only. The Arabic Letter Books offer a set of incoming letters from the African political and economic elite which provides insights about the ideas of these men and the political and economic problems with which African societies had to deal. Notes, appendix.