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Serigne Mbaye Diakhate
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The manuscript is the original handwritten by Serigne Mbaye Diakhate. Based on the interview with the owner, the poem was written between 1902 and 1954. Red, purple, and black ink are used in the manuscripts. The red ink is used to highlight key words. There a few parts in Arabic, especially in prayers. This manuscript contains numerous Wolof Ajami poems (Wolofal) written by Serigne Mbaye Diakhate dealing with religious and secular issues, including discussions on peace, advice for social peace, praises of his spiritual guide (Amadou Bamba), discussions on the importance of work and the negative consequences of laziness, the importance of knowledge, the importance of faith, the importance of Bamba's work for himself and for humanity in general. The manuscript also includes devotional, satirical, polemical, and praise poetry, discussions on various social and cultural issues and challenges of his time, prayers for the fulfilment of his wishes, the relationship between a disciple and his spiritual guide, and discussions on the code of conduct of ideal Murid disciples to be emulated in order to deserve Bamba's blessings and assistance. The manuscript provides insights into the belief system, the education system, the world view, values, and the challenges and hopes of followers of Muridiyya. Digitized on 7 July 2011. Some images are difficult to read due to the poor condition of the original volume, which has torn pages and ink stains. Due to the age of the documents, some pages are hard to read, and the ink has faded away in some. Some lines are erased.
The entire manuscript is available for download below as a single PDF file. Each page is also available as a separate, larger, JPG file. If higher-resolution JP2 files are needed (WARNING: files average 11-14MB in size), please contact email@example.com. Fieldwork Team: Dr. Fallou Ngom (PI), Cheikh Tidiane Fall (Co-applicant), Ablaye Diakite (Researcher), Birane Gassama (Researcher) Technical Team: Roger Brisson (Head of Metadata Services, BU Libraries), Vika Zafrin (Institutional Repository Librarian, BU Libraries), Jack Ammerman (Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Open Access, BU Libraries), and Dr. Peter Quella. This collection of Wolofal (Wolof Ajami) materials is copied as part of the EAP 334 Project (Digital Preservation of Wolof Ajami manuscripts of Senegal) led by Dr. Fallou Ngom in collaboration with WARA/WARC and Boston University Library. The project is funded by the British Library/Arcadia Endangered Archives. Access Condition and Copyright: The materials are subject to copyright. Access is for research and educational purposes only. Materials are not to be reproduced without written permission. Citation: Materials in this web edition may be cited as: Ngom, Fallou. 2011. African Ajami Library: EAP 334. Digital Preservation of Wolof Ajami Manuscripts of Senegal. Boston: Boston University Library: http://dcommon.bu.edu For Inquires: Please, contact Professor Fallou Ngom (firstname.lastname@example.org)