Utendi wa kutawafu Nabii. English and Swahili A poem concerning the death of the prophet Muhammad = Utendi wa kutawafu Nabii: a traditional Swahili epic, with transliteration, translation, and notes on the reading of Swahili manuscripts in Arabic script for advanced students

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Utendi wa kutawafu Nabii. English and Swahili A poem concerning the death of the prophet Muhammad = Utendi wa kutawafu Nabii: a traditional Swahili epic, with transliteration, translation, and notes on the reading of Swahili manuscripts in Arabic script for advanced students

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Utendi wa kutawafu Nabii, a characteristic example of the utenzi tradition in its early expression, commemorates the life of the prophet and includes his final message to the faithful before being visited by the angel of death. The poem exemplifies two important aspects of the utenzi tradition in that it deals with a religious theme and reflects the strong ties with Arabic literary influence.

At left is an illustration of the first lines of the epic woven into a traditional Swahili mat.

Call Number: PL8704.U76 E5 1991

Creator

Allen, J.W.T.

Publisher

Lewistown, N.Y.: E. Mellen Press, 1991.

Language

Swahili, English, Arabic

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Allen, J.W.T., “Utendi wa kutawafu Nabii. English and Swahili A poem concerning the death of the prophet Muhammad = Utendi wa kutawafu Nabii: a traditional Swahili epic, with transliteration, translation, and notes on the reading of Swahili manuscripts in Arabic script for advanced students
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