The History of Bidyini and Kaabu
Two Chronicles in Arabic from Guinea-Bissau
Edited and translated by: Zoltán Szombathy, introductory study: Éva Sebestyén, Zoltán Szombathy
Documenta et Monographiæ VI.
Year of release: 2007
Number of pages: 176, 55
Language: English, Arabic
Also forming part of an international publishing project, the Fontes Historiae Africanae (Series Arabica, XII), of the Union Académique International, this volume contains an edition, translation and commentary of two Arabic texts that relate to African history. The two texts were written in the second half of the 19th century by local Mandinka scholars from what is now Guinea-Bissau. The first chronicle narrates the history of the Mandinka kingdom of Kaabu, while the other text is a chronicle of the village of Bidyini, a locally important settlement of Muslim scholarly lineages. As important sources of the history of Guinea-Bissau as well as the Manding-speaking peoples, the chronicles are also notable examples of Arabic writing among West African Muslims.