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1. Masʾalat khurūj (var. aṣl) ahl Fīka.

Brief chronicle from legendary origins to the reign of Emir Idrīs (reg. 1902-22). One copy includes the name of his son and successor, Muḥammad, showing that the work is still evolving.

MSS: Ibadan (UL), 145 (copies in Maiduguri (CTTS), 88/303; NU/Hunwick, 164); Ibadan (UL), 146 (copies in Maiduguri (CTTS), 88/304; NU/Hunwick, 167); Zaria, 90/6, J54/6.

Publ. It appears to be a version of this chronicle that was translated by H.R. Palmer in SM, ii, 70-3, under the title “Kings of the Land of Fikka”. At the end the name of the “writer” (compiler or copyist?) is given as “the Alkali of Fika Yakub, son of Mallam Halilu, son of Abdu Salâm, son of Abd-ul Jalil, in the year of the Hijra 1340/1921”. A Hausa version, entitled “Labarin Pika da Yaƙe-Yaƙensa” appears in Edgar (1933), i, 96-99. This is no doubt the published version of “Notes on Fika History”, a romanized Hausa ms. in the Edgar papers, …

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“Fika”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 20 March 2019 <>
First published online: 2016

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