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This chapter is written by Bernard Salvaing and John Hunwick. The introduction is written by Bernard Salvaing.1

Between the beginnings of the “theocratic age” and the present day a huge literature in Arabic and Fulfulde has evolved. Nevertheless, it remains little known outside of Guinea due to the country’s isolation in the years following independence as well as the lack of any public repository for manuscripts.

This introduction is based on the few published texts, or texts available in public archives, as well as a corpus of texts that I photographed durin…

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“Introduction”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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