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Although Sh. ʿUthmān came from a family well-known for its learning, few of his immediate relatives, other than his brother ʿAbd Allāh, achieved fame as writers. His sons and daughters, however, were relatively prolific authors, both in Arabic and in Fulfulde. Poetry was the favoured mode of expression in both languages, and early on we witness the translation of Sh. ʿUthmān’s poetry and that of his descendants into Hausa. His son ʿĪsā seems to have been the pioneer in this initiative; his son a…

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“Introduction”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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