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This chapter lists all the known writings from the Eastern Bilād al-Sūdān – here meaning, in practice, the northern provinces of the modern Sudan Republic – in the period before 1820, the year of the Turco-Egyptian invasion of the Sudan. Much of the information we have comes from a single source, K. al-ṭabaqāt fī khuṣūṣ al-awliyāʾ wa’l-ṣāliḥīn wa’l-ʿulamāʾ wa’l-shuʿarāʾ fī ’l-Sūdān of Muḥammad al-Nūr w. Ḍayf Allāh (q.v.). As the reader will quickly appreciate, the present chapter is to a considerable degree based on the scholarly edition of the K. al-ṭabaqāt by Yūsuf Faḍl Ḥasan.

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“Introduction”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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