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1. The Mandara Chronicle”.

MS: Maiduguri (CTSS), 90/343, 344; Jos 1296, said to be by the qāḍī of Fika (copy in NU/Hunwick, 287).

Publ. English trans., (of an apparently shorter version) without Arabic text, appears in SM, ii, 96-9. According to Palmer, it was written in 1339/1920 by a certain Muṣṭafā b. Ismāʿīl, but he seems only to have been the owner of the copy Palmer used, the author being his great-great-grandfather the Imam Abū ’l-Zāhid Ibrāhīm b. Dīnār. The date of 1255/1839-40, given in the colophon, may be the actual dat…

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“Mandara”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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