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Translator’s Introduction

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter provides a background on the translation and commentary on the works of Alhaj Yusuf Salih Ajura or Afa Ajura, a self-professed orthodox Islamic scholar. It describes Ajuraism, which is ... More


Dunya BinshaƔkam Dināra (Everything in the World Shall Perish): Language: Dagbani Year: ca. 1953–55

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter considers the poem “Dunya Binshaɣkam Dinara” as Afa Ajura's magnum opus, resembling a part of the Qur'an in terms of its length and varied subject matter. It discusses Afa Ajura's ... More


Naḥnu Junūdu Ḥ abībinā (We Are the Army of Our Beloved): Language: Arabic Year: 1966–68

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter highlights the poem “Nahnu Junudu Habıbina,” which Afa Ajura wrote for school children to be recited and sung during plays and for entertainment. It epmhasize how Afa Ajura banned his ... More


Kutilga (You Shall Not Be Saved)

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter considers “Kutilga” as Afa Ajura's most condensed and concise admonishment, speculated to have been composed between 1955 and 1960. It contains advice for the average traditional Dagomba ... More


Dolya Tidūma Ka Doli Anabŋo (Follow Our Lord and This Prophet): Language: Dagbani Year: February 1965 / Shawwal 1384 H (Composed in Accra, Ghana)

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter details Afa Ajura's composition of “Dolya Tidu ma Ka Doli Anabŋo” while he was on a trip to Accra, the capital of Ghana. It mentions the time Afa Ajura wrote the poem in 1965, during ... More


Ṣalli S. Ṣalātan (Send Blessings Upon): Language: Arabic Year: 1965?

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter refers to Afa Ajura's poem “Salli Salatan,” which was speculated to have been written during one of his trips to Accra as it was composed in Arabic. It describes the poem as a typical ... More


Afa Zā ŋunpaƔ Nyu BuƔli (Any Person Who Allows His Wife to Drink the Potion for Exorcism): Language: Dagbani Year: 1955

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter discusses the poem “Afa ZaŋunpaƔ Nyu BuƔli,” which covers witches, witch hunters, and exorcism that assumed the name of nana. It retells the story of an elderly Ashanti woman who arrived ... More


Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Alhaj Yusuf Salih Ajura

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This is the first English translation of and commentary on the collected poems of Alhaj Yusuf Salih Ajura (1910–2004), a northern Ghanaian orthodox Islamic scholar, poet, and polemicist known as Afa ... More


Afa Nim Zāsa Nin Binya (All Clerics Have Not Seen: Against Wird): Language: Dagbani Year: 1960–64?

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter talks about the poem “Afa Nim Zasa Nin Binya,” wherein Afa Ajura condemned the signature practices of the Tijaniyyah, the wird and the tarbiya. It explains that wird or awrad are ... More


TipaƔri Tidūma Nawuni (We Thank Our Lord): Language: Dagbani Year: 1964–66?

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter considers the poem “TipaƔri Tiduma Nawuni” as an interpretation of the race between Afa Ajura and his Tijaniyyah opponents in Tamale to convert people to their respective sides. It ... More


Afanim Tola Ayirmo (The Clerics Have Gone Wild): Language: Dagbani Year: 1968–69?

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter discusses the poem “Afanim Tola Ayirmo,” which was meant as a response to Alhaj Muntaqa, one of the Tijaniyyah scholars that composed a polemical poem insulting Afa Ajura and Munchiris. ... More


Fa Khudhū (And You Must Take): Language: Arabic Year: 1960?

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter details “Fa Khudhu,” which is Afa Ajura's first poem in Arabic of more than eighty verses. It also explores the initial hypothesis as to why Afa Ajura composed the poem in Arabic, which ... More


Ansarsi Māna (He Who Mocks): Language: Dagbani and Arabic Year: 1955–60?

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter describes the poem “Ansarsi Mana” as Afa Ajura's shortest extant poem and the most unique as it is composed in both Dagbani and Arabic. It mentions that the poem was meant particularly ... More


Nsab Nsabliŋo (I Compose This Writing of Mine)

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter deals with the poem “Nsab Nsabliŋo,” which recounts the role and participation of Afa Ajura and his people during the 1960 celebration of Nigeria's independence. It contains a narrative ... More


Bukari Mawla (A Eulogy): Language: Arabic Year: 1960–64?

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter covers the eulogy “Bukari Mawla,” which Afa Ajura composed after learning about Shaykh Bukari Mawla's demise in detention. It highlights Afa Ajura's claim that Shaykh Bukari Mawla ... More


Ninsal Kutonya Tidūma (A Human Being Cannot See Our Lord): Language: Dagbani Year: 1960–65

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter focuses on Afa Ajura's “Ninsal Kutonya Tiduma,” a polemical poem he composed to educate the average person as a warning against joining the Tijaniyyah group. It looks at one of the ... More


Damba Digoli (Damba Month): Language: Dagbani Year: ca. 1952

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter focuses on the poem “Damba Digoli”, which is believed to be the first one that Afa Ajura composed around 1952. It reveals that Afa Ajura recited the poem during a celebration for the ... More


Dolya Tidūma Nāwuni ŋun Namtiŋo (Our Lord God, the Sole Creator, You Must Obey): Language: Dagbani Year: ca. 1954?

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura

in Islamic Thought in Africa: The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300207118
eISBN:
9780300258202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207118.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter talks about the poem “Dolya Tiduma Nawuni ŋun Namtiŋo,” which Afa Ajura composed early in his preaching and composing career. It outlines the contents of the poem that show that Afa ... More


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