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Throughout Eastern Sudanic Africa, genealogies, king-lists and chronicles were composed, even if not necessarily written down or else written down much later.

There must be hundreds, if not thousands, of written genealogies in eastern Sudanic Africa; the Nilotic Sudan is especially rich in such documents. Most have been written in this century although many embody earlier material. A detailed and annotated translation of a body of such material from the northern and western provinces of the Sudan Republic constitutes vol. 2 of MacMichael (1922). Several such works are noted un…

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“Introduction”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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