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Title:Homiletic poetry of Al-Haji 'Umaru
Author:Pilaszewicz, StanislawISNI
Year:1981
Periodical:Africana Bulletin
Issue:30
Pages:73-110
Language:English
Geographic term:Northern Nigeria
Subjects:ulema
Hausa language
poetry
Abstract:Homiletic poetry of the Hausa people was mainly written by religious teachers and 'clergymen' (malams), who were regarded as prominent Moslem scholars. In the time of 'Umaru there were two groups of malams: a group dealing with temporal matters, and a group consciously neglecting or rejecting worldly matters. 'Umaru regarded himself as a member of the second group, whose main activity was instruction and teacing simple people in the matters of faith. In various periods of his life 'Umaru dealt with most kinds of the activity of the God-fearing malams, which is evidenced by his literary output as well as by the facts from his lifetime that have been established so far. Sections: Sources of homiletic poetry of the Hausa people - The state of research on Hausa homiletic poetry and its development to the time of Al-Haji 'Umaru - 'The treatise on ascetism with admonition' - Wakar wa'azi 'Les us make thanks to the Almighty God' - Wakar wa'azi 'I begin in the name of God, Almighty Lord' - Wakar wa'azi 'Evil words' - Summary. Hausa text of the quoted fragments of 'Kalmomi Miyagua'. Notes.
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