The History of Bidyini and Kaabu – Two Chronicles in Arabic from Guinea-Bissau
Documenta et Monographiae VI
Zoltán Szombathy (ed.)
The Avicenna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies / Piliscsaba
Language: English, Arabic
1. Edition (2007)
Paperback, 231 pages
With an Introductory Study by Eva Sebestyen and Zoltan Szombathy
Arabic text pp. 55, commentary in English pp. 176
Also forming part of the Fontes Historiae Africanae publishing project (Series Arabica, XII) of the Union Académique International, this volume contains an edition, translation and commentary of two Arabic texts relating to African history. The two texts were written in the second half of the 19th century by local Mandinka scholars of what is now Guinea-Bissau. The first chronicle narrates the history of the Mandinka kingdom of Kaabu, while the other text is a chronicle of the village of Bidyini, a locally important settlement of Muslim scholarly lineages. Important sources for the history of Guinea-Bissau as well as the Manding-speaking peoples, the chronicles are also notable examples of the Arabic writing among West African Muslims.
With many illustrations in colours and some in b/w.