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Oromiñña is usually written in the Arabic script, but an independent orthography was devised by Abū Bakr b. Usmān Odā (q.v.). However, in about 1839 the French traveller, Antoine d’Abbadie, collected a document which he describes as being in Oromiñña and in the Oromiñña script (see Rubenson (1987), 40-41 for a reproduction of the alleged Oromiñña original, a purported Arabic translation together with an English transl.). The script of the D’Abbadie “…

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“Oromo”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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