See also Middle Passage and the Love of Liberty: Texts and Sources
Fyfe,Christopher, A History of Sierra Leone, OUP 1962
Fyfe,Christopher, A Short History of Sierra Leone Longmans New edition 1979
Rodney, Walter A, History of the Upper GuineaCoast, OUP 1970
This map, scanned from one in Walter Rodney's book, showsthe Futa Djalon, scene of the Jihad, and the Nunez River, scene of the activityof both the historical and the fictional Tomba.
|Then the famous Fula scholar Karamoko Alfa returned from his pilgrimage to Mecca, inspired with religious zeal. Travelling across the great desert, suffering terrible thirst and in danger of losing his life to brigands, he promised Allah that if He permitted him to return to his home in safety, he would undertake to convert all the infidels in the Futa Jalon to Islam. The jihad was the fulfillment of his promise. The instrument he chose was his cousin, Ibrahima Suri, who had already proved himself a capable general. United by their faith, the Fula forces overcame their erstwhile patrons. |
" Ama" chapter 23