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It is not clear how many independent accounts of the sultanate of Aïr exist. No texts have ever been published, though there have been numerous translations of brief chronicles. These all give accounts of the various rulers from Yūnus (reg. 809/1406-7) down to the early years of the twentieth century. Some of them appear to have been solicited by, or for the use of, colonial officials. There are also some fragments that appear to date from earlier periods, suggesting that a tradition of recording events in writing existed as early as…

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“Aïr”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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