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There are 6 comments on Digitizing Ajami, a Centuries-Old African Script

  1. Wow!!! Thank you so much for sharing the awesome news, Fallou! We may have known the “Ajami tune”, but it sure never ceases to be amazing and extremely important. Reading about it is heartwarming and making us proud to be here at this point in time…seeing the unearthing of the the unseen, not commonly known truths about Africa! Making BU the Mecca of Ajami is awesome! Congratulations on a sterling job that is rapidly getting bigger and brighter!

  2. Thank you so much Professor Ngom for your outstanding work. Thanks for honoring Africa! Digitizing such crucial documents gives scholars worldwide the opportunity to discover and explore very important parts of African history, literatures, and cultures. Congratulations!

  3. Dear Fallou,

    To loosely paraphrase the Ancestors, it would seem unwise to attempt to fully learn about a tree by examining its leaves alone, while ignoring its trunk and roots. To the wise, your impressive research is clearly showing that the “leaves” of African societies, while visible and accessible to colonials, do not come close to telling the real, or complete, story of Africa and its people, in all their complexities. I am really excited to know that this library will never be burned or destroyed, unlike many others, in some recent as well as more distant times. Y a pas ton deux!!! Jem kaw, jem kanam!

    Keep up this truly unique and far-reaching endeavor!!!

  4. Its sad that you didnt say anything about native language of North Africa vand sub sahara berber or Amazigh language and tifinagh alphabet. Considering that Africa where white and all people evolved we should shad lights on history of that area.that whre modern humanity started.
    Your digitization will always be fake and short if you ignore North africa and Amazigh African language.

  5. SIFAX THE ENGINEER, who are you tell a BU professor what he should or should not be working on? What an arrogance! You can make your point without bringing in Berber/Arab-centric perspectives. There is nothing fake about Professor Ngom’s work as the thousands of texts he and his team have preserved demonstrate. I advise you to follow his steps to preserve the records of the Berbers, if they are so important. He has charted a course that you should follow rather than attempting to downgrade his stellar achievements. Vive Professor Ngom! You honor Africa. La caravane passe et les chiens aboient!

  6. Beautiful work of Ajami documents in African languages even prior to colonialism vividly shows that Africa was not the dark continent it was described. We hope to see more of such materials in Ajami-Fulfulde, Ajami-Hausa, Ajami-Kanuri, Ajami-Swahili.

    I believe you are aware of the writings of Sheikh Uthman Ibn Fodio, Abdullahi Fodio, Muhammad Bello Fodio, etc. and you can also incorporate such materials into the corpus of your digitisation effort.

    Well done

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