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This chapter is written by Sara Fani

ʿAfar literature has mainly been studied in terms of its oral manifestations. The ʿAfar gad (poetry) genre is usually performed in the ʿAfar language, but it is also performed in Arabic when related to religious subjects. New insight has been gained by focussing on the genre’s written expressions, whos…

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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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