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Amadou Hampâté Bâ
The Library, Documentation and Information Department of the African Studies Centre Leiden has compiled this web dossier to coincide with a workshop on Amadou Hampâté Bâ which was held at the African Studies Centre on 17-18 September 2007. The dossier begins with a brief introduction outlining the issues which were discussed during the workshop. This is followed by a selection of titles by and on Amadou Hampâté Bâ from the ASC library collection. Each title links directly to the corresponding record in the library’s online catalogue, which provides further details, as well as abstracts of articles and edited works. The dossier concludes with a selection of web resources.
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Amadou Hampâté Bâ (1900-1991) was one of the major intellectual and literary figures of twentieth-century Africa. A historian and collector and translator of oral and ethnological texts, he was also a poet in his native Fulfulde and the author of prize-winning and widely-read literary works (two volumes of his memoirs and a novel set in colonial French West Africa), as well as a spokesperson for Sufi understandings of Islam and religious ecumenism. He was eventually named to the UNESCO executive council, and he even served as Mali’s ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire. In the course of his career he assembled a very large personal archive. Today many engage with Hampâté Bâ’s published works, which have been translated from French into several European languages, as well as Japanese.
The issues raised by the study of a figure like Hampâté Bâ are numerous, though one of the central questions is the notion of African “tradition” in various senses of the term. Hampâté Bâ is perhaps best known for his oft-quoted statement: “Every time an old man dies in Africa, it is as if a library has burnt down” (“En Afrique, quand un vieillard meurt, c’est une bibliothèque qui brûle”). Hampâté Bâ claimed to be a medium for preserving and transmitting/translating this oral knowledge and art in Africa to various audiences.
The workshop “Reconsidering the Oeuvre of Amadou Hampâté Bâ” at the African Studies Centre Leiden on 17-18 September 2007 brought together scholars from Africa, Europe and North America who have been working on the oeuvre of Hampâté Bâ. The workshop participants, including scholars of literature, historians, social scientists, and philosophers explored how Hampâté Bâ’s representations of African culture (especially that of his own Fulbe community) were formulated and constructed, how they related to his more immediate concerns with religion and politics in colonial and postcolonial Africa, his relations with Muslim religious leaders and secular political figures in his native Mali and Côte d’Ivoire, and his collaboration with various European and African brokers of African culture. In addition, the objective was to critically reflect upon the enduring and changing interest in Hampâté Bâ’s work.
La genèse de l'homme selon la tradition peule / Amadou Hampâte Bâ
In: Itinérances... en pays peul et ailleurs : mélanges réunis par les chercheurs de l'ERA 246 du CNRS à la mémoire de Pierre Francis Lacroix: (1981), p. 219-228
Colloque sur les religions traditionnelles africaines comme source de valeurs de civilisation / Amadou Hampâté Ba
In: Les religions africaines comme source de valeurs de civilisation : colloque org. par la Société africaine de culture [à] Cotonou, 16-22 août 1970: (1972), p. 65-87
Interpreters self-interpreted : the autobiographies of two colonial clerks / Ralph A. Austen
In: Intermediaries, interpreters, and clerks: African employees in the making of colonial Africa: (cop. 2006), p. 159-179
Textual ownership in francophone African writing / Alec G. Hargreaves, Nicki Hitchcott, & Dominic Thomas (ed.). - Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2006. - (Research in African Literatures, ISSN 0034-5210 ; vol. 37, no. 1)
Amadou Hampâté Bâ, homme de science et de sagesse : mélanges pour le centième anniversaire de la naissance d'Hampâté Bâ / Amadou Touré & Ntji Idriss Mariko (ed.). - Paris [etc.] : Karthala [etc.], 2005. - (Hommes et sociétés, ISSN 0290-6600)
Amadou Hampâté Bâ et l'africanisme : de la recherche anthropologique à l'exercice de la fonction auctoriale / Kusum Aggarwal. - Paris [etc.] : L'Harmattan, 1999. - (Collection "Sociétés africaines et diaspora")
Boubou Hama et Amadou Hampaté Bâ : la négritude des sources / Juvénal Ngorwanubusa. - Paris : Publisud [etc.], cop. 1993. - (Collection littéraires) (Traverses des espaces francophones, ISSN 1140-1745)
Crisscrossing boundaries in African literatures 1986 / Kenneth W. Harrow, Jonathan Ngaté, & Clarisse Zimra (ed.). - Washington, D.C. Three Continents Press, 1991. - (Annual selected papers of the ALA ; 12/86)
Die Revolte gegen die Väter : zum Funktionswandel eines literarischen Themas in der afrikanischen und europäischen Literatur / W. Glinga
In: Zeitschrift für Kulturaustausch: (1988), vol. 38, no. 2, p. 193-205
Criminals and the African cultural imagination : normative and deviant heroism in pre-colonial and modern narratives / Ralph A. Austen
In: Africa : journal of the International African Institute: (1986), vol. 56, no. 4, p. 385-398
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Aspects of African Civilization (Person, Culture, Religion)
Text of the work by Amadou Hampâté Bâ, translated by Susan B. Hunt. Originally published as ‘Aspects de la civilisation africaine: personne, culture, religion’, Paris : Présence africaine, 1972.
Site of Columbia University dedicated to the production by director Peter Brook and his company, the International Center of Theatre Creation (CICT), of Tierno Bokar, a theatrical exploration of the power of tolerance, based on Amadou Hampâté Bâ’s work ‘The Life and Teaching of Tierno Bokar: The Sage of Bandiagara’ (translation of: ‘Vie et enseignement de Tierno Bokar: le sage de Bandiagara’, Paris : Présence africaine, 1957)
Amadou Hampâté Bâ
Article from Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia. Based on a translation of the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia, accessed in April 2005. Contains a biography, bibliography, quotes, and links.
Bâ, Amadou Hampaté 1901-1991
Selected bibliography of works by Hampaté Bâ and publications about Hampaté Bâ and his work from the Literary Map of Africa site, edited by Miriam Conteh-Morgan, Ohio State University.
Country pages on Mali from the subject guide to internet resources on sub-Saharan Africa maintained by Karen Fung, Standford University.
Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa
Web dossier compiled by the Library of the African Studies Centre Leiden in May 2005.
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