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Little is known about the early development of Arabic literature in the Central Sudan, especially in the period before 1500. The single figure of Ibrāhīm al-Kānemī appears like a comet in the late twelfth century, but disappears as quickly, and no other local writer is known by name in the following three centuries. That there was some considerable development of Islamic learning in Kanem around this time is evident from the founding of the Madrasat Ibn Rashīq in Cairo for the benefit of Kanemi …

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“Introduction”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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