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Remarks on Swahili manuscripts in Arabic script : layout and orthography of the Utendi wa Yusuf

This article is aimed to shed light on the Swahili-‘Ajam ī manuscripts, focusing on the major Swahili classical genre: the "utendi".

Annachiara Raia
10 March 2021

Through a philological approach of the text, some critical reflections in the structure and orthography will be pointed out. The "Utendi wa Yusuf" will be used as a text guide comparing three witnesses of the poem. From a comparative study on the three selected texts, variants and common aspects of the poetic layout and handwriting will come to light.

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