Utenzi wa Mwana Kupona

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Title:
Utenzi wa Mwana Kupona
Series Title:
Hichens Collection
Physical Description:
Mixed Material
Language:
Swahili
Creator:
Mwana, Kupona, 1810-1860, 1810-1860
Publication Date:
Materials:
Paper ( medium )

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Islam
Swahili poetry
Gender roles
Marriage
Religious belief
Religious practice
Social structure
Women's education
Mwana Heshima binti Sheikh
Uislamu
Kiswahili mashairi
Majukumu ya kijinsia
Ndoa
Imani za kidini
Mazoezi ya kidini
Muundo wa kijamii
Elimu ya wanawake
Genre:
Poetry (Utenzi)
Utenzi (poetic form)
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- Kenya -- Lamu -- Shela -- Pate Island
Africa -- Kenya -- Lamu -- Pate -- Pate Island
Africa -- Kenya -- Lamu -- Lamu
Coordinates:
-2.269444 x 40.902222
-2.1 x 41.05

Notes

General Note:
First lines of manuscript: Negema wangu binti, mchachefu wa sanati, upulike wa siati, asaa ukazingatiya
General Note:
Mistari ya kwanza ya hati: Negema wangu binti, mchachefu wa sanati, upulike wa siati, asaa ukazingatiya
General Note:
Physical characteristics: In red and black ink on ruled paper, in a blue exercise book
General Note:
Mwana, Kupona, 1810-1860 = Mwana Kupona Binti Msham
General Note:
Biographical history: Mwana Kupona binti Msham, 1790-1860, was a native of Pate who lived in Lamu. She married Bwana Mataka, who belonged to an old Siu family; he was the son of Sheikh Baraka bin Muhammadi bin Omari. On her deathbed, Mwana Kupona dictated her poem to her only daughter, for whose instruction it was composed. Her daughter, who was known in Lamu as Mwana Heshima binti Sheikh, lived from 1841 to 1933.
General Note:
1858 A.D. (Gregorian calendar) = 1275 A.H. (Hijri calendar)
General Note:
Poetic form = Utenzi
General Note:
Handwritten manuscript
General Note:
Swahili text inscribed in Arabic script
General Note:
Relevant publications: Allen, J.W.T. 1971. Tendi. London: Heinemann Educational, pp. 55-78. Biersteker, Ann. 1991. Language, poetry and power: a reconsideration of Utendi wa Mwana Kupona. In Faces of Islam in African Literature, ed. by Kenneth Harrow, pp. 59-77. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann; and London: James Currey. Harries, Lyndon. 1962. Swahili Poetry. Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 70-86. Hichens, William and Alice Werner. 1934. Advice of Mwana Kupona upon the Wifely Virtue. Medstead, Hampshire: Azania Press. Sheikh, Amina Abubakar and Ahmed Sheikh Nabhany (eds). 1972. Utendi wa Mwana Kupona na Utendi wa Ngamia na Paa. (Sanaa Ya Utungo I). Nairobi: Heinemann. Mulokozi, M.M. 1999. Tenzi Tatu za Kale. University of Dar-es-Salaam Press. Khatib, M.S. 1985. Utenzi wa Mwana Kupona. Mulika, 17, 46-52. Senkoro, F.E. M. K. 1988. Mwana Kupona Nana: Utenzi wa Mwana Kupona. In Ushairi: Nadharia na Tahakiki. Dare-es-Salaam University Press Werner, Alice. 1917. The Utendi of Mwana Kupona. Harvard African Studies 1: 147-181.
General Note:
See also SOAS manuscript MS 53508c
General Note:
Scope and content: This manuscript of the Utenzi wa Mwana Kupona differs significantly from the version published by J.W.T. Allen (1971). The scribe utilises Arabic script without the modifications that are sometimes used to designate consonants (such as 'p' and 'v') and vowels absent in Arabic. Because some words cannot be represented precisely, familiarity with the utenzi and comparison with another version of the poem may assist the reader.
Funding:
Digitised with funding from the Leverhulme Trust.

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
This item is in the public domain. Please use in accord with Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA). High resolution digital master available from SOAS, University of London - the Digital Library Project Office.
Resource Identifier:
soas manuscript number - MS 34882
System ID:
LOAA000078:00001


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Utenzi wa Mwana Kupona

Item Reference: MS 34882a
Collection: Hichens Collection
File Reference: MS 34882
Title: Utenzi wa Mwana Kupona
First lines of manuscript: Negema wangu binti, mchachefu wa sanati, upulike wa siati, asaa ukazingatiya
Authors: Mwana Kupona Binti Msham
Scribe: Unknown
AD Date: Unknown
AD date of composition: 1858
AH Date: Unknown
AH date of composition: 1275
Extent: 9 pages
Resource Type: Poem
Poetic Form: Utenzi
Format: Handwritten manuscript
Language: Swahili
Script: Arabic
Relevant Dialects:
Subject and keywords: Islam, Swahili poetry, gender roles, marriage, religious belief, religious practice, social structure, women's education
People: Mwana Heshima binti Sheikh
Biographical history: Mwana Kupona binti Msham, 1790-1860, was a native of Pate who lived in Lamu. She married Bwana Mataka, who belonged to an old Siu family; he was the son of Sheikh Baraka bin Muhammadi bin Omari. On her deathbed, Mwana Kupona dictated her poem to her only daughter, for whose instruction it was composed. Her daughter, who was known in Lamu as Mwana Heshima binti Sheikh, lived from 1841 to 1933.
Archival history:
Physical characteristics: In red and black ink on ruled paper, in a blue exercise book
Electronic reproductions: None
Existence/location of copies: None
Finding aids: None
Relevant publications: Allen, J.W.T. 1971. Tendi. London: Heinemann Educational, pp. 55-78. Biersteker, Ann. 1991. Language, poetry and power: a reconsideration of Utendi wa Mwana Kupona. In Faces of Islam in African Literature, ed. by Kenneth Harrow, pp. 59-77. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann; and London: James Currey. Harries, Lyndon. 1962. Swahili Poetry. Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 70-86. Hichens, William and Alice Werner. 1934. Advice of Mwana Kupona upon the Wifely Virtue. Medstead, Hampshire: Azania Press. Sheikh, Amina Abubakar and Ahmed Sheikh Nabhany (eds). 1972. Utendi wa Mwana Kupona na Utendi wa Ngamia na Paa. (Sanaa Ya Utungo I). Nairobi: Heinemann. Mulokozi, M.M. 1999. Tenzi Tatu za Kale. University of Dar-es-Salaam Press. Khatib, M.S. 1985. Utenzi wa Mwana Kupona. Mulika, 17, 46-52. Senkoro, F.E. M. K. 1988. Mwana Kupona Nana: Utenzi wa Mwana Kupona. In Ushairi: Nadharia na Tahakiki. Dare-es-Salaam University Press Werner, Alice. 1917. The Utendi of Mwana Kupona. Harvard African Studies 1: 147-181.
Notes: See MS 53508c
Scope and content: This manuscript of the Utenzi wa Mwana Kupona differs significantly from the version published by J.W.T. Allen (1971). The scribe utilises Arabic script without the modifications that are sometimes used to designate consonants (such as 'p' and 'v') and vowels absent in Arabic. Because some words cannot be represented precisely, familiarity with the utenzi and comparison with another version of the poem may assist the reader.
Description 0.
Location: None
Places: Pate, Shela, Lamu


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