Dymitr Ibriszimow (ed.): Bole Language and Documentation Unit BOLDU, Report II [PDF]


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WeStu Westafrikanische Studien Volume 13

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219 pp.
2 maps, 34 facsimile illustrations, 14 tables, 4 diagrams

Text language: English

Following the first report of the working group BOLDU (Report I) on ethnological, ethno-linguistic and geographical areas of the Bole culture (volume 7 of this series, see link below), the BOLDU Report II is dedicated to the history of this northern Nigerian people (subgroup West Chadic A.2). 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

Environment and Peopling of the Area
The Economy and Society before the Colonial Conquest
The Conquest of the Area The Consolidation of the Colonial Domination (ca. 1903 to ca. 1939)

Under these links you will find BOLDU Report I and the updated edition of BOLDU Report I + II, as well as further publications by the author:

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