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The present fascicle includes works in the following languages; Amharic, Arabic, Chimbalazi (a dialect of Swahili, spoken in Barawe, southern Somalia), Harari, Oromiñña, Silṭ’é, Somali and Tigrinya. In addition, there are a few titles in English, French and Turkish. In other words, it is a very heterogeneous volume.

The level of information we have is very uneven. Thus, in relative contrast to ALA I and II, there is a general paucity of biographical information. Nor have I attempted or been able to give the first lines of every poem listed. W…

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“Preface”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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