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The Divine Flood: Ibrahim Niasse and the Roots of a Twentieth-Century Sufi Revival

Rudiger Seesemann


This study revolves around the emergence and spread of the “Community of the Divine Flood,” established in 1929 by Ibrahim Niasse, a leader of the Tijaniyya Sufi order from Senegal. Based on a wide variety of written sources, mostly in Arabic, and encounters with leaders and ordinary members of the movement, the book analyzes the teachings and practices of this community, most notably those concerned with mystical knowledge of God. It presents an intimate portrait of the community's formation in Senegal and its subsequent transformation into a transnational movement in West Africa and beyond. ... More

Keywords: Islam, Sufism, West Africa, colonialism, Senegal, Tijaniyya, Ibrahim Niasse, mystical knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195384321
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384321.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rudiger Seesemann, author
Northwestern University
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