Citation
Hadithi ya Waladi Isibani (MS 47755e)

Material Information

Title:
Hadithi ya Waladi Isibani (MS 47755e)
Series Title:
Taylor Papers : Swahili Scripts and Transliterations
Creator:
Abu Bakr bin Mwengo ( Author, Primary )
Publication Date:
Language:
Swahili
Materials:
Paper ( medium )
Technique:
Handwritten manuscript : Black ink on thin old yellow paper. Each pages is contained within two blank pages as protection for the poem

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Islam ( LCSH )
Warfare, Conventional ( LCSH )
Military art and science ( LCSH )
Religious belief
Swahili poetry ( LCSH )
Legends ( LCSH )
Imani za kidini
Uislamu
Kiswahili mashairi
Faith ( LCSH )
Muḥammad, Prophet, -643 ( LCNA )
Prophet Mohammed
Fāṭimah -632 or 633 ( LCNA )
Fatima
Abū Bakr, Caliph, -634 ( LCNA )
Abu Bakr
ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, Caliph, approximately 600-661 ( LCNA )
علي بن أبي طالب، الخليفة، 600-661
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Swahili Coast
Coordinates:
-9.633997 x 39.778998

Notes

Abstract:
This is the well-known poem written by Abu Bakr bin Mwengo about a battle in a valley, the Wadi Isban, between the Prophet Mohammed’s army and the army of an unbeliever, Katirifu. It is written in a northern dialect, with borrowings from Arabic, and it contains 421 stanzas. The manuscript contains many inaccuracies that are best revealed and corrected through comparison with another (if also imperfect) version, such as that of MS 380552 or that of Knappert (1969). A complete outline of the story is to be found in MS 380522. Because the pages are quite damaged, each one is contained within two blank pages as a way of better preserving the poem. ( en )
General Note:
Biographical information: Abu Bakr bin Mwengo, who is named by Knappert (1969) as the author of Utenzi wa Isubani, is described in that version of the poem as a natiive of Lamu who lived in Pate
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Date of Composition is unknown
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Languages: Swahili (Arabic script)
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Dialects: Northern
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Extent: 16 leaves
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Incipit: Akhi patia kalamu na karatasi ya shamu na kibao muhakamu na upote wa hariri
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See also SOAS University of London manuscript MS 380552
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See SOAS University of London manuscript MS 380552
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Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Swahili Coast
General Note:
Publication information: Knappert, Jan. 1969. The Utenzi wa Katirifu or Ghazwa ya Sesebani. Afrika und Ubersee 52: 81-104 and 264-313.
General Note:
Publication information: Knappert, Jan. 1999. A Survey of Swahili Islamic Epic Sagas. Lewiston, New York; Queenston, Ontario; Lampeter, Wales: Edwin Mellen Press; pp. 76-82.
General Note:
Publication information: Knappert, Jan. 1983. Epic Poetry in Swahili and Other African Languages. Brill, Leiden; pp. 74-141

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
This item is believed to be in the public domain
Resource Identifier:
MS 47755 ( SOAS manuscript number )
MS 47755e ( SOAS manuscript number )