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The Mole Of Dagomba
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Loot arriving in Accra after the 1744-45 Asante invasion of Dagomba included “many Arabic books” (Rømer, (1760) 220). These have not been found, but several short pieces extant in Dagomba appear to be of eighteenth century date. P. Ferguson was given access to the corpus of works belonging to the Mole group, descendents of Sulaymān b. ʿAbd Allāh Baghayogho of Timbuktu and his followers who settled in Dagomba in the mid-seventeenth century. Many of the writings, such as the Taʾrīkh al-Shaykh Sulaymān, are historical in content, and belong to the same genre as the early Gonja works in khabar f…

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“The Mole Of Dagomba”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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