Al-Inkishafi (MS 47770a)

Material Information

Al-Inkishafi (MS 47770a)
Series Title:
Hichens Collection :
Abdallah ibn ʻAlī ibn Nāṣir ( Author, Primary )
Publication Date:
Paper ( medium )
Handwritten manuscript : Original arabic scripts, inserted in an outsized hard white paper


Subjects / Keywords:
Swahili poetry ( LCSH )
Islam ( LCSH )
Religious belief
Imani za kidini
Kiswahili mashairi
Faith ( LCSH )
Poetry ( LCTGM )
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- Kenya -- Lamu County -- Eastern Africa -- Pate -- Pate Island
-2.13753 x 40.99714


This copy of Al-Inkishafi was collected by Hichens in the 1930s. The collector refers to it as an original copy, but this cannot be certain. It is certainly a beautiful and well-preserved manuscript of the famous poem written by Sayyd Abdalla bin Nassir. The pages of the poem in Arabic script are inserted in an outsized hard paper so as to protect this very old copy. The collector has used the blank spaces on the side for his notes on the poem, unfortunately unreadable. This arabic script copy has transliteration and notes in MS 253029. ( en )
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Biographical information: The author of the famous poem Al-Inkishafi is generally agreed to have been Sayyid Abdalla bin Sayyid Ali bin Nasir.His father, Ali bin Nasir, was the great grandson of Sheikh Abubakar bin Salim, mentioned in a version of the Pate Chronicle as a Sharif (descendant of the Prophet) from Arabia. Sayyid Abdalla lived and composed his poetry in Pate during the 19th century.
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Date of Composition: circa 1820 AD (circa 1235 A.H.)
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Languages: Swahili (Arabic script)
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Dialects: KiAmu
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Poetic Form: Utenzi
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Extent: 10 large leaves<PARAGRAPH>10 large leaves
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Donated by Mrs E. Hichens, June 1945
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Incipit: Bismillahi naiqadimu, Hali ya kutunga hino nudhumu, na Ar-Rahmani kiirasimu basi Ar-Rahimi nyuma ikaye
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See also SOAS University of London manuscripts MS 380548a, MS 256191, MS 253029, MS 196884d
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VIAF (name authority) : Abdallah ibn ʻAlī ibn Nāṣir : URI
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Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Kenya -- Lamu County -- Pate -- Pate Island
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Publication information: Sayyid Abdallah A. Nasir. 1972 (1939). Al-Inkishafi: The Soul’s Awakening. Trans. and ed. by William Hichens. Nairobi: Oxford University Press.
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Publication information: Sayyid Abdallah A. Nasir. 1977. Al-Inkishafi: Catechism of a Soul. Trans. and ed. by J. de Vere Allen. Nairobi: East African Literature Bureau.
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Publication information: Hichens, W. 1939. Al-Inkishafi. London: Sheldon Press
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Publication information: Allen R. 1946. Inkishafi-A Traslation from the Swahili. African Studies, 5, pp.243-249
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Publication information: Harris, L. 1962. Swahili Poetry. Clarendon Press: Oxford, pp.86-102
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Publication information: Mlamali, Mh. Wa. 1980. Ikisiri ya Inkishafi. Nairobi: Longman
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Publication information: Hamza Mustafa Njozi. 1998. The use of Ambiguity in Al-Inkishafi. Afrika und Ubersee, band 81, pp. 227-238

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
This item may be in the public domain. Its status has yet to be assessed.
Resource Identifier:
MS 47770 ( SOAS manuscript number )
MS 47770a ( SOAS manuscript number )