"Islamic Thought in Africa" by Alhaj Yusuf Salih Ajura

Islamic Thought in Africa The Collected Works of Afa Ajura (1910-2004) and the Impact of Ajuraism on Northern Ghana Alhaj Yusuf Salih Ajura, Zakyi Ibrahim

World Thought in Translation
Publication date:
01 Jun 2021
Yale University Press
256 pages: 235 x 156mm
1 b-w illus.

This is the first English translation and commentary of the collected poems of Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura (1910-2004), a Northern Ghanaian orthodox Islamic scholar, poet, and polemicist known as “Afa Ajura,” or "scholar from Ejura." The poems were translated from the Ghanaian language of Dagbani and Arabic, handwritten in Arabic script, and explore the author’s socio-religious beliefs. In the accompanying introduction, the translator examines the diverse themes of the poems and how they challenge Tijāniyyah Sufi clerics and traditional practices such as idol worship.


Alhaj Yūsuf Ṣāliḥ Ajura (1910-2004) was an orthodox Islamic scholar, poet, and polemicist from Northern Ghana. Zakyi Ibrahim is professor and chair of the Religious Studies Department at California State University, Fullerton.