Muslims beyond the Arab World: The Odyssey of Ajami and the Muridiyya by Fallou NgomMuslims beyond the Arab World: The Odyssey of Ajami and the Muridiyya by Fallou Ngom

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

byFallou Ngom

Hardcover | July 15, 2016

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Muslims beyond the Arab World explores the tradition of writing African languages using the Arabic script 'Ajami and the rise of the Muridiyya order of Islamic Sufi in Senegal, founded by Shaykh Ahmadu Bamba Mbakke (1853-1927). The book demonstrates how the development of the 'Ajami literarytradition and the flourishing of the Muridiyya into one of sub-Saharan Africa's most powerful and dynamic Sufi organizations are entwined. 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, his conflicts with local rulers and Muslim clerics and the French colonial administration, and the traditions and teachings he championed that shaped the identity and practices of his followers.In analyzing these Murid 'Ajami texts, Fallou Ngom evaluates prevailing representations of the movement and offers alternative perspectives. He demonstrates how, without the knowledge of the French colonial administration, the Murids were able to use their written, recited, and chanted 'Ajamimaterials as an effective means of mass communication to convey the personal journey of Shaykh Ahamadu Bamba, his doctrine, the virtues he stood for and cultivated among his followers: self-reliance, strong faith, the pursuit of excellence, nonviolence, and optimism in the face of adversity. This,according to Muslims beyond the Arab World, is the source of the surprising resilience, appeal, and expansion of Muridiyya.
Fallou Ngom is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African Language Program at Boston University.
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Title:Muslims beyond the Arab World: The Odyssey of Ajami and the MuridiyyaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190279869

ISBN - 13:9780190279868

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