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Title:Amadou Hampâté Bâ's life and work reconsidered: critical and historical perspectives
Authors:Austen, Ralph A.ISNI
Soares, Benjamin F.ISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Islamic Africa (ISSN 2154-0993)
Volume:1
Issue:2
Pages:133-142
Language:English
Geographic term:Mali
Subjects:writers
intellectuals
conferences
2007
biographies (form)
About person:Amadou Hampaté Bâ (1900-1991)ISNI
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/21540993-90000014
Abstract:Amadou Hampâté Bâ (1900-1991) was one of the major intellectual and literary figures of twentieth-century Africa, but his work is not well known to the English-language reading public. Although earlier studies explain the importance of Hampâté Bâ's work, they tend to accept it and the context within which it was produced in the author's own terms. The present set of essays, originally presented at a conference held in 2007 at the Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden, attempts, along with this introductory essay, to place Hampâté Bâ's life and work within a larger framework of African, colonial, postcolonial, and Islamic history and intellectual life. Although the four contributors - Bintou Sanankoua, Louis Brenner, Ralph A. Austen, and Anna Pondopoulo - are all historians by training, their articles are informed by a mix of interdisciplinary concerns in anthropology, history, Islamic studies, and literary studies. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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