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BY-NC-ND 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter 2021

A Typology of West African Ajami Manuscripts: Languages, Layout and Research Perspectives

From the book Exploring Written Artefacts

  • Dmitry Bondarev


In the process of creating their manuscripts, the scribes in West Africa had two linguistic sets - Arabic and non-Arabic (Ajami) - and they had to visually express these repertoires following the logic of interplay between these different sets. The suggested classification of Ajami manuscripts tries to follow this logic. Besides establishing formal types, the classification provides a glimpse into specific cultural domains that generated different types of manuscripts and suggests research perspectives and methods of study relevant to each type.

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