Sufism, Mahdism and Nationalism: Limamou Laye and the Layennes of Senegal by Douglas H. ThomasSufism, Mahdism and Nationalism: Limamou Laye and the Layennes of Senegal by Douglas H. Thomas

Sufism, Mahdism and Nationalism: Limamou Laye and the Layennes of Senegal

byDouglas H. Thomas

Paperback | January 9, 2014

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Limamou Laye, an Islamic leader from present-day Senegal, has proclaimed himself the reincarnation of Muhammad, with his son later proclaiming himself to be a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Limamou Laye established a tariqa, or Sufi organization, based upon his claims and the miracles attributed to him. This study analyzes Limamou Laye's goals for his community, his theology; as well as the various elements ¿¿- both local and global - that created him and helped him to emerge as a religious leader of significance. This book also explores how the growth of Islamic communities in Senegambia stems from an evolving conflict between the traditional governments and the emerging Islamic communities. Douglas H. Thomas demonstrates that Sufism was the obvious vehicle for the growth of Islam among West Africans, striking a chord with indigenous cultures through an engagement with the spirit world which pre-Islamic Senegambian religions were primarily concerned with.
Douglas H. Thomas is Assistant Professor of History at Grambling State University, USA.
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Title:Sufism, Mahdism and Nationalism: Limamou Laye and the Layennes of SenegalFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.37 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.37 inPublished:January 9, 2014Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1472528026

ISBN - 13:9781472528025

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Islam, Muhammad, Jesus and the World 2. Islam in Senegal 3. The Lebu 4. The Early Life of Libasse Chaw (Thiaw) 5. Limamou Laye and His Mission 6. Passing the Torch: Limamou Laye and Seydina Issa Rohou Laye 7. The Legacy Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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This beautifully written book depicts vividly how Mahdi, Sufism and Lebu Nationalism converged in the Western corner of Senegal, producing a fascinating and captivating history of a movement. Its publication will provide fresh ideas, new perspective and an original interpretation of how Africans indigenized Islam to their local conditions.