Arabic Historical Literature from Ghadāmis and Mali

Documents from the 18th to 20th Century


In this work translations of four texts are provided from Ghadāmis and from Mali. The first is a biography of the Ghadāmisī scholar ʿAbdallāh b. Abī Bakr al-Ghadāmisī (1626–1719 AD), written by the eighteenth-century author Ibn Muhalhil al-Ghadāmisī. A second text is “The History of al-Sūq”, concerning al-Sūq, the historic town of Tādmakka and the original home of the Kel-Essouk Tuareg. The third text is “The Precious Jewel in the Saharan histories of the ‘People of the Veil’” by Muḥammad Tawjaw al-Sūqī al-Thānī, a contemporary Tuareg author. It pertains to the Kel-Essouk and their historical ties with the Maghreb and West Africa. The final text is a description of the Tuareg from the book “Ghadāmis, its features, its images and its sights” by Bashīr Qāsim Yūshaʿ, published in Arabic in 2001 AD.

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Harry T. Norris (1926 - 2019) was Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of London. Before this he was Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS where he taught classical and modern Arabic from 1952-1995, and an associate Fellow at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London.

General Introduction

Text 1: Tadhkīr al-Nāsī wa-Talyīn al-Qalb al-Qāṣī (The Reminder of the Forgetful and the Softener of the Harsh), by Muḥammad b. Muḥammad b. Mūsā b. Muhalhil al-Ghadāmisī

Text 2: Khabar al-Sūq (The history of al-Sūq), by ʿAbd al-Hamīd ʿAbdallāh al-Ḥarāma

Text 3: al-Jawhar al-Thamīn fi Akhbār Ṣaḥrāʾ al-Mulaththamīn (The Precious Jewel in the Saharan Histories of the “People of the Veil”), by Muḥammad Tawjaw al-Sūqī al-Thānī

Text 4: Ghadāmis, Malāmiḥ wa-Ṣuwar (Ghadāmis, Its Features, Its Images and Its Sights), by Bashīr Qāsim Yūshaʿ


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