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Polemical Literature
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This chapter is written by John Hunwick & Muḥammad Sani Umar

Polemical literature in Central Sudanic Africa has a long history. One of the earliest writers who was active in the area, Muḥammad b. ʿAbd al-Karīm al-Maghīlī (q.v.), wrote polemical works about the transgressions of dhimmīs and about issues of takfīr, which were widely quoted by later scholars. As observed earlier, many of the writings of Sh. ʿUthmān b. Muḥammad Fodiye deal with contested issues in faith and practice, including certain issues of Sufi practice. In his Iḥyāʾ al-sunna, for example, he takes a stand against…

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“Polemical Literature”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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