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Manuscripts : The written history of Africa, Episode 1

This first issue is about El Hadj Umar Tall, a scholar who wrote a manuscript on conflict resolution. Of his real name Umar Seydu Tall, El Hadj Umar Tall was born in 1797 in Alwar, Senegal, where he did his primary studies.

Beginning in 1827 and for eighteen years, Umar Tall began several journeys. This adept of sufism went through Hamdallaye, who was at that time the capital of the Macina empire. He spent time in Nigeria with Amir Mohamed Bello, son of a great scholar Usman Dan Fojo. At the time, Amir Mohamed Bello was in conflict with his neighbour in Borno. It was a difficult time for El Hadj Umar Tall because the conflict marked him a lot.

On his return from Mecca, he learned that the conflict was continuing. El Hadj Umar Tall therefore decided to send to the belligerents, a manuscript which he composed on the resolution of conflicts.