Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Beyond the Arab World: The Odyssey of Ajami and the Muridiyya

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Beyond the Arab World: The Odyssey of Ajami and the Muridiyya

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Ngom, Fallou. Muslims Beyond the Arab World: The Odyssey of Ajami and the Muridiyya. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016, pp.336, ISBN: 0190279869..

This book explores the vibrant tradition of writing African languages using the modified Arabic script ('Ajami) alongside the rise of the Muridiyya Sufi order in Senegal. The book demonstrates how the development of the 'Ajami literary tradition is entwined with the flourishing of the Muridiyya into one of Africa south of the Sahara's most powerful and dynamic Sufi organizations. It offers a close reading of the rich hagiographic and didactic written, recited, and chanted 'Ajami texts of the Muridiyya, works largely unknown to scholars. The texts describe the life and Sufi odyssey of the order's founder, Shaykh Ahmadu Bamba Mbakke (1853-1927), his conflicts with local rulers and Muslim clerics and the French colonial administration, and the traditions and teachings he championed that permanently shaped the identity and behaviors of his followers. …

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