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The Tarawiri [Traore] Of Wa
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Wa emerged in the seventeenth century as a small pluralistic state, with secular power shared between warlords of Mande, Dagomba, and Mamprusi origins, and religious authority exercised by a clerical group also of Mande origin. The founders of the latter were Yūsuf and his brother Yaʿmuru Tarawiri (or Traoré), who came from Ja (or Dia) in the southwest of the Middle Niger flood-plain. Most of the imamates in Wa and the surrounding towns and villages are held by descendants of Yaʿmuru Tarawiri.

Saganugu influence brought about a major renewal of learning in Wa in the late eigh…

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“The Tarawiri [Traore] Of Wa”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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