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

Alhaj Yusuf Salih Ajura

Abstract

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 Ajura, or “scholar from Ejura.” The poems, all handwritten in Arabic script, mainly in the Ghanaian language of Dagbani and also Arabic, explore the author's socio-religious beliefs. In the accompanying introduction, the translator examines the diverse themes of the poems and how they challenge Tijaniyyah Sufi clerics and traditional practices such as idol worship. The introduction provides a backg ... More

Keywords: translation, orthodox Islam, Afa Ajura, collected poems, Arabic script, socio-religious beliefs, Tijaniyyah Sufi clerics, Ajuraism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300207118
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300207118.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alhaj Yusuf Salih Ajura, author