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Almost exactly thirty years ago, in the pages of the Research Bulletin of the Centre of Arabic Documentation (University of Ibadan), I drew attention to the lack of basic biographical and bibliographical tools on which the student of Islam in West Africa could draw. I envisaged a longterm project to remedy this deficiency, with the work of Carl Brockelmann as my model. It never occurred to me then that it might take half a lifetime to complete. Yet finally, with the help of many friends and collaborators, …

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“Preface”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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