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Title:A West African Sufi master on the global stage: Cheikh Abdoulaye Diye and the Khidmatul Khadim International Sufi School in France and the United States
Author:Babou, Cheikh A.ISNI
Periodical:African Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World (ISSN 1872-5457)
Geographic terms:Senegal
United States
Subjects:Islamic education
Muslim brotherhoods
biographies (form)
About person:Cheikh Abdoulaye Diye (1938-2002)ISNI
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/10.1163/187254611x566099
Abstract:The recent wave of West African Muslim migration to the West started after the Great War and gained momentum in the 1960s. Sub-Saharan Africans have been particularly successful in finding a niche in Europe and North America partly because of the connection between immigrants and centres of Islamic spirituality and knowledge in Africa provided by a dynamic leadership that straddles the three continents. Based on extensive interviews in the United States and in France and on the examination of Murid internal sources and scholarly secondary literature, this article investigates the efforts of the late Sufi sheikh Abdoulaye Diye, born in 1938 in Saint-Louis (Senegal), to expand the Muridiyya Muslim tariqa in France and North America. Focus is on the foundations of Diye's appeal, his struggle to earn legitimacy and relevance on the global stage, and the response of diverse constituencies to his calling. The author contends that the attraction of Diye's teachings to Europeans, Americans, and Africans in the diaspora, is rooted in his dual cultural outlook as a Western educated and traditionally trained Murid. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]