Bole Language and Documentation Unit, BOLDU Report I & II

Bole Language and Documentation Unit, BOLDU Report I & II

ISBN 978-3-89645-475-1

Bole Language and Documentation Unit, BOLDU Report I & II

Edited by: Dymitr Ibriszimow, Alhaji Maina Gimba. With contributions by: Alhaji Maina Gimba, Jürgen Heinrich, Rupert Kawka, Wilhelm Seidensticker †, Gisela Seidensticker-Brikay †, Musa Masaya Aliyu, Hauwa Maina Bukar, Dymitr Ibriszimow, Sabri Salama. Series edited by: Herrmann Jungraithmayr, Norbert Cyffer, Rainer Voßen. Series edited in collaboration with: Ulrike Zoch.

Series: WeStu Westafrikanische Studien Volume 38

367 pp.
5 maps, 25 photos, 9 diagrams and genealogical charts, 1 sketch drawing, 6 tables, 18 drafts, 18 facsimile reproductions, appendix: Glossary Bole–English
Format: 170 x 240 mm
810 g
€ 98.00

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BOLDU-Report I

This volume is a preliminary report of the Bole Language and Documentation Unit (BOLDU), whose aim it is to gather, analyse, perserve and publish everything connected with the language, culture, and history of the Bole people (West Chadic A.2) in north-eastern Nigeria.

Part I is devoted to some of the crafts in the Bole region of Yobe state. The authors, being both linguists, concentrated on the Bole crafts terminology.

Part II consists of an article on the physical geography of the region, an article on Fika urban geography and a contribution to the study of the toponyms of the region.



Part I

Dymitr Ibriszimow / Alhaji Maina Gimba: Crafts

Part II

Jürgen Heinrich: Landscape Development and Environmental Change in Northern Parts of the Gongola Basin, Northeastern Nigeria

Rupert Kawka: A Survey on Migration from Fika, Northeastern Nigeria

Dymitr Ibriszimow / Alhaji Maina Gimba: Toponyms

Part III

Gisela Seidensticker-Brikay / Wilhelm Seidensticker: Guide to Potiskum Museum with Catalogue of Artefacts

Dymitr Ibriszimow / Alhaji Maina Gimba: Glossary Bole-English


Following the first report of the working group BOLDU (Report I) on ethnological, ethno-linguistic and geographical areas of the Bole culture the BOLDU Report II is dedicated to the history of this Northern Nigerian people. For the first time, the history of the Bole (Girgam), written in Maghrebinian-Arabic, is represented in a facsimile reproduction of the original manuscript, an Arabic edition and a critical translation. Furthermore, the author offers a differentiated linguistic analysis and the comparison with further historical material.

On the basis of these considerations, the author tries to date the manuscript and the terms of office of some rulers exactly. A thorough examination of the lists of kings offers new insights to the last 600 years of the Bole. A description of the fates of a side line of the reigning dynasty completes the first part of the study.

Part II contains an important contribution on the history of the Fika emirate during 1903 and 1904. The focus lies on social and economic changes before and during the British colonial time.



Part I

Girgam – the History of the Bole (Fika) People
by Dymitr Ibriszimow


Other Translations and Versions of the Bole History

Characteristics of the Manuscript Ibriszimow/Gimba

Girgam – Facsimile, Arabic Edition, English Translation
by Dymitr Ibriszimow & Sabri Salama

Notes to the English Translation
by Dymitr Ibriszimow & Sabri Salama

A Comparison with other Translations of the Girgam (Palmer A, B and Merrick)

A Comparative List of the Bole Rulers

A Scheme of the Mama and Bawa Ruling Families

A Comparative Table of the Bole Rulers

Lists of Tinjas and Ciromas – Facsimile, English Translation



The Genesis of Courage, Leadership and Altruism
by Hauwa Maina Bukar

Part II

An Introduction to the History of Fika Emirate – 1903–1940
by Musa Masaya Aliyu

Chapter I: Environment and Peopling of the Area

Chapter II: The Economy and Society before the Colonial Conquest

Chapter III: The Conquest of the Area

Chapter IV: The Consolidation of the Colonial Domination (ca. 1903 to ca. 1939)



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