Dymitr Ibriszimow / Alhaji Maina Gimba (eds.): Bole Language and Documentation Unit, BOLDU Report I + II [PDF]


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2nd, fully revised edition
367 pp.
5 maps, 25 photos, 9 diagrams, 1 sketch drawing, 6 tables, 18 drafts, 18 facsimile reproductions, appendix: Glossary Bole–English

BOLDU-Report I
This volume is a preliminary report of the Bole Language and Documentation Unit (BOLDU), whose aim it is to gather, analyse, perserve and publish everything connected with the language, culture, and history of the Bole people (West Chadic A.2) in north-eastern Nigeria.

Part I is devoted to some of the crafts in the Bole region of Yobe state. The authors, being both linguists, concentrated on the Bole crafts terminology.
Part II consists of an article on the physical geography of the region, an article on Fika urban geography and a contribution to the study of the toponyms of the region.



Part I
Dymitr Ibriszimow / Alhaji Maina Gimba: Crafts

Part II
Jürgen Heinrich: Landscape Development and Environmental Change in Northern Parts of the Gongola Basin, Northeastern Nigeria
Rupert Kawka: A Survey on Migration from Fika, Northeastern Nigeria
Dymitr Ibriszimow / Alhaji Maina Gimba: Toponyms

Part III
Gisela Seidensticker-Brikay / Wilhelm Seidensticker: Guide to Potiskum Museum with Catalogue of Artefacts
Dymitr Ibriszimow / Alhaji Maina Gimba: Glossary Bole-English

Following the first report of the working group BOLDU (Report I) on ethnological, ethno-linguistic and geographical areas of the Bole culture, the BOLDU Report II is dedicated to the history of this Northern Nigerian people. For the first time, the history of the Bole (Girgam), written in Maghrebinian-Arabic, is represented in a facsimile reproduction of the original manuscript, an Arabic edition and a critical translation. Furthermore, the author offers a differentiated linguistic analysis and the comparison with further historical material.
On the basis of these considerations, the author tries to date the manuscript and the terms of office of some rulers exactly. A thorough examination of the lists of kings offers new insights to the last 600 years of the Bole. A description of the fates of a side line of the reigning dynasty completes the first part of the study.
Part II contains an important contribution on the history of the Fika emirate during 1903 and 1904. The focus lies on social and economic changes before and during the British colonial time.



Part I
Girgam – the History of the Bole (Fika) People (by Dymitr Ibriszimow)
Other Translations and Versions of the Bole History
Characteristics of the Manuscript Ibriszimow/Gimba

Girgam – Facsimile, Arabic Edition, English Translation (by Dymitr Ibriszimow and Sabri Salama)

Notes to the English Translation (by Dymitr Ibriszimow and Sabri Salama)

A Comparison with other Translations of the Girgam (Palmer A, B and Merrick)
A Comparative List of the Bole Rulers
A Scheme of the Mama and Bawa Ruling Families
A Comparative Table of the Bole Rulers
Lists of Tinjas and Ciromas – Facsimile, English Translation

The Genesis of Courage, Leadership and Altruism (by Hauwa Maina Bukar)

Part II
An Introduction to the History of Fika Emirate – 1903–1940 (by Musa Masaya Aliyu)
Chapter I: Environment and Peopling of the Area
Chapter II: The Economy and Society before the Colonial Conquest
Chapter III: The Conquest of the Area
Chapter IV: The Consolidation of the Colonial Domination (ca. 1903 to ca. 1939)


In further paper collections of our programme the results of the interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Center 268 at the Universities of Frankfurt am Main/Germany and Maiduguri/Nigeria have been published:
Rupert Kawka (ed.): From Bulamari to Yerwa to Metropolitan Maiduguri – Interdisciplinary Studies on the Capital of Borno State, Nigeria [PDF]

Norbert Cyffer / Thomas Geider (eds.): Advances in Kanuri Scholarship [PDF]
H. Thiemeyer / G. Seidensticker-Brikay / K. Tijani (eds.): Environmental and Cultural Dynamics in the West African Savanna [PDF]

Under these links you will find publications of the contributors and further studies of languages, cultures and the (settlement) history of Nigeria:

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