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Muslims beyond the Arab World: The Odyssey of Ajami and the Muridiyya

Fallou Ngom


The book deals with the vibrant tradition of writing African languages with the Arabic script called ʿAjamī and the rise of the Murīdiyya Ṣūfī order of Senegal, West Africa founded by Shaykh Ahmadu Bamba Mbakke (1853–1927). The book demonstrates that the development of the ʿAjamī literary tradition and the flourishing of the Murīdiyya as one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most powerful and dynamic Ṣūfī organizations are entwined. It offers a close reading of the rich hagiographic and didactic written, recited, and chanted ʿAjamī texts of the Murīdiyya, works largely unknown to scholars. The texts des ... More

Keywords: Africa, ʿAjamī, hagiography, Islam, literacy, Murīdiyya, poetry, Senegal, Ṣūfism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190279868
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190279868.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fallou Ngom, author
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African Language Program, Boston University