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1This chapter is written by Mohamed M. Kassim, R.S. O’Fahey and Scott S. Reese.

The Arabic writing emanating from Somalia since the nineteenth century can be characterised as both prodigious and eclectic. The majority of texts date from the later nineteenth century to the present, although some fragments have been preserved from earlier periods. The literary production up to the middle of the twentieth century consisted primarily of religious texts including hagiographies, devotional poetry and at least one t…

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

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