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Title: Hausa Islamic verse : its sources and development prior to 1920
Author: Hiskett, M.
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1969
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The thesis has four main divisions. Part I describes the religious, cultural and political background against which Hausa Islamic verse arose and proposes certain reasons for its emergence as an important literary genre at the beginning of the period studied - that is from c.1775 to 1920. Part I demonstrates how this verse is dependent upon the pre-existing Islamic literary tradition by relating it both to the general cultural heritage of Islam and to specific works crucial to Islamic education in Hausaland. Part III traces the development of Hausa Islamic verse in relation to the religious, political and social history of the Hausa Islamic community over the period studied. This involves considering the schools of verse which emerged in certain provincial centres in Hausaland - Sokoto, Zaria, Birnin Owari, Kano and Daura - and also other categories of vorne better identified by content than by place of origin. Part IV deals with certain particular aspects of Hausa verse such as metre, prosody, form, style, standards of criticism and appreciation, and the social function of the verse.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Center for Research Libraries
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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