Islamic Thought in Africa The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana Alhaj Yusuf Salih Ajura, Zakyi Ibrahim

World Thought in Translation
Publication date:
13 Jul 2021
Yale University Press
248 pages: 235 x 156mm
1 b-w illus.
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The first book length-work on Afa Ajura and translation of his complete poems

This is the first English translation of and commentary on the collected poems of Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura (1910–2004), a northern Ghanaian orthodox Islamic scholar, poet, and polemicist known as Afa Ajura, or “scholar from Ejura.” The poems, all handwritten in Arabic script, mainly in the Ghanaian language of Dagbani and also Arabic, explore the author’s socio‑religious beliefs. In the accompanying introduction, the translator examines the diverse themes of the poems and how they challenge Tijāniyyah Sufi clerics and traditional practices such as idol worship.

Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura (1910–2004) was an orthodox Islamic scholar, poet, and polemicist from northern Ghana. Zakyi Ibrahim is professor and chair of the Religious Studies Department at California State University, Fullerton.