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Folklorists should have special interest in this volume. The Hausa people comprise one of the largest tribes in West Africa, located in present day Northern Nigeria and the adjoining parts of the Republic of Niger. Their contact with the Islamic tradition, their pursuit of trade and travel and the wide currency of their language, a true lingua franca around Hausaland, are all factors which contribute to the special significance of Hausa oral tradition. It blends indigenous African elements with Islamic themes, and serves as a meeting point for narratives of several West African tribes.
Originally published in Fabula © 1969 DeGruyter.
Ben-Amos, D. (1969). Review of H.A.S. Johnston, A Selection of Hausa Stories. Fabula, 10 240-242. Retrieved from https://repository.upenn.edu/nelc_papers/70
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