He was a son of Mai ʿAlī of Bornu (reg. c. 1747-92). However, the style of language used in his two books and the fact that the K. al-Barnū gives some dates in the Gregorian calendar, suggest that if they are not actually forgeries, they may have been to some extent rewritten in the twentieth century. Abdullahi Smith (1983: 49), who translated some extracts of K. al-Barnū, suggested that the Gregorian dates are a recent copyist’s interpolations.
1. Tarātīb idārat mamlakat Tubbaʿ al-akbar.
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