Hadithi ya Miraji (MS 53497c)

Material Information

Hadithi ya Miraji (MS 53497c)
Series Title:
Hichens Collection : Swahili Poems
Kijuma, Muhammad ( Author, Primary )
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Paper ( medium )
Handwritten and typescript manuscript Typescript with black ink on thin paper


Subjects / Keywords:
Islam ( LCSH )
Religious history
Legends ( LCSH )
Swahili poetry ( LCSH )
Kiswahili mashairi
History -- Religious aspects ( LCSH )
Islam -- History ( LCSH )
Literature ( LCTGM )
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Swahili Coast
-9.633997 x 39.778998


In the Koran and the Hadithi, Isra refer to when the Angel takes the Prophet from Mecca to Jerusalem, and Mirarji refers to the passage from the Jerusalem to Heaven. In the Swahili context, the whole journey is called Miraji, and it is rendered as a Swahili epic based upon a well known book of Sunni traditions entitled ‘Mishkatu ‘l-Masabih. This hadithi, which is based on the long Utenzi catalogued in this manuscript as MS 53497h, was given to Hichens by Muhammad Kijumwa, who transcribed the Hadithi as well as the Utenzi. In this hadithi, the religious story is enhanced with additional mythical, or fictitious, elements, but this version is not finished, and the reader should refer to the Utenzi for a more complete version. ( en )
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Biographical information: 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 woodcarving. He assisted many Eurpoean 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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Date of Composition is unknown
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Languages: Swahili (Roman script)
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Dialects: KiAmu
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Extent: 6 leaves
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Incipit: Baada ya Isha usiku wa sabaa wa ‘ishri Rajab,
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Purchased from Kegan Paul, 6 October 1948
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See SOAS University of London manuscript MS 53497h
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VIAF (name authority) : Kijuma, Muhammad : URI
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Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Swahili Coast
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Publication information: Knappert, Jan. 1967. Traditional Swahili Poetry. Brill, Leiden, pp.201-238.
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Publication information: Knappert, Jan. 1979. Four Centuries of Swahili Verse. London: Heinemann, pp. 210-217.
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Publication information: Knappert, Jan. 1999. A Survey of Swahili Islamic Epic Sagas. Lewiston, New York; Queenston, Ontario; Lampeter, Wales: Edwin Mellen Press; pp. 32-33.
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Publication information: Knappert, Jan. 1971. Swahili Islamic Poetry. Brill, Leiden.
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Publication information: Dammann, Ernest. 1940. Dichtungen in der Lamu Mundart des Suaheli. Hamburg, de Gruyter.
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Publication information: Abou Egl, Mohammad. 1983. The LIfe and Works of Muhamadi Kijumwa. PhD thesis, SOAS-University of London, pp 212-214.
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Publication information: Harries, L. 1962. Swahili Poetry. Oxford University Press, London, p.26

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 53497 ( SOAS manuscript number )
MS 53497c ( SOAS manuscript number )