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No chronicle as such is known from Darfur. There are, however, numerous king-and chiefly lists as well as smaller historical fragments preserved in the papers of the Rev. Dr. A.J. Arkell, library, SOAS, London, and R.S. O’Fahey, University of Bergen.

In the time of the sultanate, the body of customary or sultanic law known as the qānūn or kitāb dālī is said to have been reduced to writing in the nineteenth century. But if it ever did exist in written form, it appears to be no longer extant (see O’Fahey (1977), 112-13).

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“Darfur”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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