Islamic Thought in Africa

The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana

Alhaj Yusuf Salih Ajura; Translated by Zakyi Ibrahim

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This is the first English translation and commentary of the collected poems of Alhaj Yusuf ?ali? Ajura (1910-2004), a Northern Ghanaian orthodox Islamic scholar, poet, and polemicist known as “Afa Ajura,” or "scholar from Ejura." The poems were translated from the Ghanaian language of Dagbani and Arabic, handwritten in Arabic script, and 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.

 

Alhaj Yusuf ?ali? Ajura (1910-2004) was an orthodox Islamic scholar, poet, and polemicist from Northern Ghana. Zakyi Ibrahim is professor and chair of the Religious Studies Department at California State University, Fullerton.
ISBN: 9780300207118
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
256 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 b/w illus.
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