Kadhi na Haramiya

Material Information

Kadhi na Haramiya MS 380560a
Series Title:
Knappert Collection
Added title page title:
Kadhi na Haramiyya
Kijuma, Muhammad
Omar, Yahya Ali ( scribe )
Publication Date:
Paper ( medium )


Subjects / Keywords:
Islam ( LCSH )
Swahili poetry ( LCSH )
Kiswahili mashairi
Poetry ( LCTGM )
Utenzi (poetic form)
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- Kenya -- Lamu County -- Lamu -- Lamu Island
-2.269444 x 40.902222


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Incipit: Mwando naomba kwa Mungu, anipe matakwa yangu, isome hadithi ndogo, na mwendo ukamwambia
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Mistari ya kwanza ya hati: Mwando naomba kwa Mungu, anipe matakwa yangu, isome hadithi ndogo, na mwendo ukamwambia
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Kijuma, Muhammad = Muhammad Kijumwa
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Scribe: Yahya Ali Omar
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Omar, Yahya Ali = Yahya Ali Omar
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Manuscript dates from circa 1966 A.D. (Gregorian calendar) = circa 1386 A.H. (Hijri calendar)
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Composition dates from circa 1914 A.D. (Gregorian calendar) = circa 1334 A.H. (Hijri calendar).
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Swahili text inscribed in Arabic script
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Relevant Dialect: Kiamu
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Biographical history: Muhammad Kijumwa was born circa 1855 in Lamu. He was a poet, scribe, peformer calligrapher, carpenter, tailor and sculptor who taught his son Helewa the craft of decorative wood-carving. He assisted European scholars of Swahili literature, including William Taylor, Alice Werner, Carl Meinhof, H.E. Lambert, William Hichens, Ernst Dammann and John Williamson, and was a well-known character in Lamu.
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Physical characteristics: In blue ink, with corrections by scribe
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Relevant publications: Abou Egl, Mohammad. 1983. The life and works of Muhamadi Kijuma. PhD thesis, SOAS, University of London. See especially 'Kisa cha kadhi na Haramii.' Dammann, Ernst. 1957. Richter und rauber, eine dichtung in der Lamu -- mundart des Suaheli. Berlin: Mitteilungen des Inst. fur Orientforschung, band V, Heft 3, pp. 432-489.
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Scope and content: This humorous poem narrates the story of an encounter between a kadhi and a thief, who argue after the thief demands the kadhi's clothing. Each man recites passages from he Qur'an in his own defence. A likely source for the poem is 'Hadha Kissat al-Kadhi Ma'ah al-Haramii,' which Abou Egl (1983) reports was published in 1886 in Bombay.
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VIAF (name authority) : Kijuma, Muhammad : URI

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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:
MS 380560a ( soas manuscript number )
MS 380560 ( FIHRIST )


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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.
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Location: None
Places: Pate, Shela, Lamu

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