By Cheikh Anta Babou

In Senegal, the Muridiyya, a wide Islamic Sufi order, is the only so much influential spiritual association, together with between its numbers the nation’s president. but little is understood of this sect within the West. Drawn from a large choice of archival, oral, and iconographic assets in Arabic, French, and Wolof, combating the larger Jihad deals an astute research of the founding and improvement of the order and a biographical learn of its founder, Cheikh Amadu Bamba Mbacke. Cheikh Anta Babou explores the forging of Murid identification and pedagogy round the individual and initiative of Amadu Bamba in addition to the continued reconstruction of this id via more moderen fans. He makes a compelling case for reexamining the historical past of Muslim associations in Africa and somewhere else on the way to savor believers’ motivation and tasks, particularly spiritual tradition and schooling, past the slim confines of political collaboration and resistance. struggling with the better Jihad additionally finds how non secular energy is outfitted on the intersection of family tree, wisdom, and religious strength, and the way this strength in flip affected colonial coverage. scuffling with the better Jihad will dramatically regulate the point of view from which anthropologists, historians, and political scientists learn Muslim mystical orders.

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11 Maaram’s effort to acquire advanced education reflected the high value that the Mbakke family placed on Islamic learning since moving to Wolof country. Higher learning became a central feature of family traditions and a means to accumulate social and cultural capital. And as we shall see, the example set by Maaram was duplicated by his sons, his grandsons, and his great-grandson Amadu Bamba. Through education, Maaram garnered many credentials as a Muslim learned man, and he used these credentials to bolster the prestige of his family.

The following chapter examines the history of a family of Muslim learned men that played an vital role in the expansion of Sufi Islam in Senegal, the Mbakke. 32 Fighting the Greater Jihad You are reading copyrighted material published by Ohio University Press/Swallow Press. S. copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. 2 The Mbakke The Foundations of Family Traditions The previ o us chapter discussed the expansion of Islam among the Wolof and the gradual differentiation of the Muslim leadership after the rule of King Lat Sukaabe in the early eighteenth century.

L. 69 The two authors instead reported many stories related to the everyday life of Amadu Bamba. Nine of the ten chapters of Diop’s book are reconstructions of important episodes of Bamba’s life as a historical being: his life from birth to Introduction You are reading copyrighted material published by Ohio University Press/Swallow Press. S. copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. 15 his father’s death, his life after the death of his father, his arrest and exile in Gabon and then Mauritania, and so forth.

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