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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

23.01. Afrikakolloquium: WEST AFRICAN LANGUAGES IN ISLAMIC MANUSCRIPTS (Bondarev)

Wann 23.01.2019 von 16:15 bis 17:45 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100) iCal
Wo Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Invalidenstr. 118, Raum 410
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Vortrag im Rahmen des

Afrikakolloquiums

 

23. Januar 2018

 

Dmitry Bondarev

(Universität Hamburg)

WEST AFRICAN LANGUAGES IN ISLAMIC

 

MANUSCRIPTS: NEW APPROACHES AND


PERSPECTIVES

 

The last decade saw an increase in research on West African languages written in Arabic script, known as Ajami (Tamari & Bondarev 2013, Mumin & Versteegh 2014, Bondarev 2014, 2017, Ngom 2016, Ogorodnikova 2016, 2017, Dell 2018, Bondarev et al. 2019). The Ajami manuscripts identified and discovered in African and European libraries now count over ten thousand itemsand the number is growing. The languages found in these manuscripts include Kanuri, Hausa, Nupe, Yoruba, Fula, Songhai, Tamasheq, Jula, Bamana, Mandinka, Soninke, Wolof and other languages which have been vehicles of Islam or developed in contact with Islamic communities.

The growing mass of Ajami data casts multiple challenges to (socio)linguistic and historical study of written African languages. This presentation will outline basic procedures of Ajami research, such as techniques of language identification, documentation of collections and cataloguing of manuscripts. This will be followed by the introduction of five distinct types of Ajami texts and discussion of specific approaches relevant for each type.

 

Dmitry Bondarev is a researcher leading West Africa projects at the
Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, University of Hamburg. His
research interests cover African linguistics, literacy studies, the
history of writing in Ajami, and palaeography and codicology of West
African manuscripts.

 

Ort:   Institut für Asien- und

Afrikawissenschaften, Invalidenstr. 118, 4. Etage,

Raum 410

 

Zeit:  16:15 – 17:45 Uhr

 

 

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