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Lists Of Rulers, Imams, Etc.
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The concern of the Juula savants of the Greater Voltaic Region with historical matters has already been noted at the beginning of this chapter, and the earliest of their writings to have survived - the eighteenth century Gonja pieces - have to do with the origins of that kingdom. This concern is also witnessed by the numerous lists of office holders that exist. These had a mnemonic function, indexing (as it were) more extended narratives that were usually recited orally. Manuscript items to be found in the Legon collection are listed below.

Asante. Kings, from Osei Tutu to Osei Bonsu Ketewa.


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“Lists Of Rulers, Imams, Etc.”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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