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Abū Bakr al-ʿAtīq b. Sh. ʿUthmān b. Muḥammad Fodiye
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b. c. 1198/1784-5, d. 20 Shawwāl 1258/24 November 1842.


al-Ḥājj Saʿīd, Taʾrīkh Sukkutu, in Houdas (1899-1901), 199-206 (trans. 323-37); ʿArf al-rayḥān, 20-3; Ḍabṭ, 76-81; Hogben & Kirk-Greene (1966), 402; Last (1967a), 65, 81-3 et passim.


Slightly younger than his brother Muḥammad Bello, he may have made a bid for the succession on Sh. ʿUthmān’s death, but he lacked Bello’s charisma and tended to be more popular among the pious and learned than in ruling circles. Last (1965a), 65, describes him as “like his uncle ʿAbdu…

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“Abū Bakr al-ʿAtīq b. Sh. ʿUthmān b. Muḥammad Fodiye”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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