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In Senegal, the Muridiyya, a large Islamic Sufi order, is the single most influential religious organization, including among its numbers the nationand#8217;s president. Yet little is known of this sect in the West. Drawn from a wide variety of archival, oral, and iconographic sources in Arabic, French, and Wolof, Fighting the Greater Jihad offers an astute analysis of the founding and development of the order and a biographical study of its founder, Cheikh Amadu Bamba Mbacke.

Cheikh Anta Babou explores the forging of Murid identity and pedagogy around the person and initiative of Amadu Bamba as well as the continuing reconstruction of this identity by more recent followers. He makes a compelling case for reexamining the history of Muslim institutions in Africa and elsewhere in order to appreciate believersand#8217; motivation and initiatives, especially religious culture and education, beyond the narrow confines of political collaboration and resistance.

Fighting the Greater Jihad also reveals how religious power is built at the intersection of genealogy, knowledge, and spiritual force, and how this power in turn affected colonial policy.

Fighting the Greater Jihad will dramatically alter the perspective from which anthropologists, historians, and political scientists study Muslim mystical orders.

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In Senegal, the Muridiyya, a large Islamic Sufi order, is the single most influential religious organization, including among its numbers the nation’ s president. Yet little is known of this sect in the West. Drawn from a wide variety of archival, oral, and iconographic sources in Arabic, French, and Wolof, "Fighting the Greater Jihad "offers an astute analysis of the founding and development of the order and a biographical study of its founder, Cheikh Amadu Bamba Mbacke." Fighting the Greater Jihad" also reveals how religious power is built at the intersection of genealogy, knowledge, and spiritual force, and how this power in turn affected colonial policy." Fighting the Greater Jihad "will dramatically alter the perspective from which anthropologists, historians, and political scientists study Muslim mystical orders.

About the Author

Cheikh Anta Babou is an assistant professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in African Affairs, Journal of Religion in Africa, and the Journal of African History.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821417652
Author:
Babou, Cheikh Anta
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Author:
Babou, Cheikh Anta Mbacke
Subject:
Sufism
Subject:
History
Subject:
Islam and politics
Subject:
Islam - Sufi
Subject:
Africa, West
Subject:
Islam and politics - Senegal - History
Subject:
Bamba, Ahmadu
Subject:
Islam - Sufism
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
New African Histories
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illustrations
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Islam » Sufism

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"Synopsis" by , In Senegal, the Muridiyya, a large Islamic Sufi order, is the single most influential religious organization, including among its numbers the nation’ s president. Yet little is known of this sect in the West. Drawn from a wide variety of archival, oral, and iconographic sources in Arabic, French, and Wolof, "Fighting the Greater Jihad "offers an astute analysis of the founding and development of the order and a biographical study of its founder, Cheikh Amadu Bamba Mbacke." Fighting the Greater Jihad" also reveals how religious power is built at the intersection of genealogy, knowledge, and spiritual force, and how this power in turn affected colonial policy." Fighting the Greater Jihad "will dramatically alter the perspective from which anthropologists, historians, and political scientists study Muslim mystical orders.
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