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Writers Of Arawān
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Arawān is a small town situated some 260 km. north of Timbuktu on the route to Taghāza and Tuwāt. It is said to have been founded c. 1600 by . Aḥmad Ag Adda (d. c. 1634), a holyman from al-Sūq, but it was already known to Leo Africanus, who wrote in 1526. . Aḥmad Ag Adda’s great-grandfather Abū Bakr b. al-Ṭāhir was the first of his family to quit al-Sūq, and he is considered the ancestor of most of the shurafāʾ of the Middle Niger. . Aḥmad’s father lived and died in Timbuktu and is buried there. Aḥmad Ag Adda’s settlement in Arawān marks its beginning as an Islamic centre.…

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“Writers Of Arawān”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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