Tahir Abba[1]    

Abstract

Ajami was the language of scholarship in KanemBorno, through which religious knowledge is imparted to students. Therefore, Ajamization was in place even before the coming of the Europeans to the Kanem land. Ajami is not used for language of scholarship and skill acquisition only but it serves enormous roles in adult education, political education as well as mass literacy in general. It also serves as a medium for integration of Qur’anic (Sangaya) education into formal western type of education. So that product of Qur’anic education can be elected into various political offices. They too can contribute in political administration and governance of their nations. Against this backdrop, this paper reviews various Ajami writing system among the Kanuri speaking communities with a view to harmonise the divergent spellings and writing practices.



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Department of Linguistics, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria