A historiographical study of four works of al-Ḥājj ʻUmar ibn Abī Bakr of Kete-Krachi

by Talatu Mustapha

Institution: McGill University
Department: Institute of Islamic Studies
Degree: MA
Year: 1970
Keywords: Salghawi, Umar ibn Abi Bakr; Kete Krachi (Ghana)  – History
Record ID: 1509979
Full text PDF: http://digitool.library.mcgill.ca/thesisfile108230.pdf


Modern African historians have agreed that the use of indigenous African Muslim historical writings is an important tool for modern interpretation of African history because the majority of source materials that have been previously relied on for the interpretation of African history are for the most part inadequate in giving Africa's view point of its past. This thesis is basically concerned with a study of one representative of the indigenous African Muslim historians in the context of general historiographical studies on Africa. Four works of the author are translated and studied in an attempt to assess their value for the understanding of African history of the times and places mentioned by the author in his works.